London - From being jeered out of Liverpool to managing
England at the World Cup, Roy Hodgson has enjoyed the most gratifying of career
England had only just been eliminated from the 2010 World
Cup when Hodgson's Liverpool reign began. It was as stormy as it was short, and
a coaching reputation honed across four decades was under threat.
"Even now, I'm still sad about the situation at
Anfield," Hodgson recalled about being fired six months into his Liverpool
Had Hodgson fulfilled his long-term Liverpool ambitions, the
66-year-old Englishman might have gone down as another managerial great never
to take charge of his country. Instead, the firing appears to be been mutually
As Hodgson was picked up by West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool
gradually embarked on its own rebuilding process that should see the Premier
League title-chasers provide the bedrock of their former manager's World Cup
squad, including captain Steven Gerrard.
"It's strange how things work," Hodgson said.
"It's now led to me being England manager, so maybe I don't have quite the
same regrets. That said, nothing can dismiss the memory of what happened at
Liverpool. It's important to remember the bad times, as well as the good
Of which there have been many, however unnoticed at times in
One of the most-traveled coaches England has produced,
Hodgson spent the bulk of his life in obscurity accumulating the technical
expertise that saw him suddenly fill England's managerial void weeks before the
2012 European Championship, where the team reached the quarterfinals.
Hodgson had stints in the dugouts at clubs in England,
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Italy, where he was twice in charge of
Inter Milan. On the international stage, the multilingual Londoner's nomadic
career provided him with more experience than any England predecessor, coaching
Finland, the United Arab Emirates and Switzerland.
It was with Switzerland that Hodgson embarked on his last
coaching trip to a World Cup, 20 years ago in the United States. After guiding
the Swiss to the tournament for the first time in 28 years, they reached the
round of 16.
Little more is expected of Hodgson's team this time.
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