Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson backs Roy Hodgson appointment
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson issues his backing for the new England manager, Roy Hodgson
Sir Alex Ferguson has voiced his support for Roy Hodgson after the West Bromwich Albion boss was confirmed as England’s new manager this week.
Hodgson was unveiled as Fabio Capello’s successor on Tuesday on a four-year contract, despite many expecting current Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp to get the nod from the Football Association.
But although Manchester United boss Ferguson admitted his surprise that Redknapp was overlooked, the Scot is convinced Hodgson’s experience makes him the right man for the job.
“The surprise for me was for the first time I can remember the FA didn’t bend to the press,” Ferguson told his weekly news briefing.
“The press had their own view of Harry and I think we all supported that and normally the FA bend to the press but they didn’t do it this time. That was surprising.
“Roy has fantastic experience, he’s a good man and he has the right profile in every respect for the job.
“I’ve always said that to manage England you need to be in your 60s, without doubt. You need to be going into that job with all the experience behind you of club football.
“I hope he does well. He’ll need luck in terms of dealing with the press because that is really important in the job.
“Everyone wants a piece of him and if he tries to put one against the other or favour one against the other he’ll be slaughtered. He has to find a way of accommodating all the press as one person.”
Ferguson also revealed that he expects United’s Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to be included in Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad this summer.
“I think Jones and Smalling should go but they haven’t played a lot of football for us this season at centre-back,” he added. “Monday night [against Manchester City] was Smalling’s first game at centre-back for a long time because of the form of Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans.
“Smalling and Jones have had one or two injuries as well. You go back to what you’ve got left and you have John Terry, Rio, Gary Cahill and then you’ve got Jones and Smalling – there isn’t a lot after that.”