The newly-appointed West Bromwich Albion manager, who was replaced by Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool in January, says he has moved on from his failed spell at Anfield.
“Of course it hurts,” replied the 63-year-old when asked about his dismissal from Liverpool. “Every time a club decides they don’t want you to continue doing the job they’ve employed you to do, of course it hurts. It would be foolish to say anything other than that.
“I knew when I took the job I was taking a bit of a risk because there was likely to be a change of ownership. Therefore I’m reasonably philosophical about it.
“It’s a great club, with some very good people there, the players were extremely good to work with, and I’m happy to see them now getting some good results. I don’t regret going there.”
Hodgson, who is now challenged with keeping 17th-placed West Brom in the Premier League, was also quick to defend his managerial record and a career which has spanned over 40 years.
“Do I still feel I’ve got something to prove? No I think my 36 years, for those who care to study it, speaks for itself,” said Hodgson. “I don’t think I’ve got anything to prove. I do feel I’ve got a very important job on my hands.
“A lot of people are depending on me to help the club retain its Premier League status. I feel that pressure and responsibility but I don’t feel I’ve got anything to prove.”
He added: “Jobs in this league are precious. Clubs which will allow you to work and do the job properly and give you the support you need, embrace your philosophies and follow what you’re attempting to do, are very important. I believe West Brom are that sort of club.”
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