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Roy Hodgson appointed new England manager

Roy Hodgson appointed new England manager Photo: PA

The Football Association has appointed Roy Hodgson as England Manager. In a statement they said:

"Joining from West Bromwich Albion, Hodgson has agreed a four year deal to become the full-time Manager of the Three Lions. "

"Hodgson, aged 64, has won a total of eight league titles in a distinguished career, and coached the national teams of Switzerland, Finland and United Arab Emirates. He met with FA officials at Wembley on Monday."

"His former clubs include Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers, Grasshoppers, FC Copenhagen, Fulham and Liverpool. He has also managed in Norway and Sweden. "

Hodgson will remain in charge of West Brom for the final two games of the Premier League season, although he will be released for England duties as required.

"We did not want Roy to leave and he will be a tough act to follow."

– Jeremy Peace, West Brom Chairman

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: "Roy's appointment as England Manager is obviously disappointing news for the Club as we would have liked him to sign a new contract, which was in the process of negotiation, and remain as our Head Coach.

"But we understand Roy's desire to take the England job and he will leave us after the Arsenal game on May 13 with our best wishes.

"Of course, with Euro 2012 around the corner, we appreciate that some of Roy's focus over the next 12 days will be on England matters.

"But we are delighted he will be seeing the season out with us.

"With the help of the coaching staff, he will prepare the team in his usual, meticulous manner as we finish what has already been a successful season."The Board will now concentrate on the important task of appointing a new Head Coach to continue our project as we prepare for a third successive season in the Barclays Premier League.

"We did not want Roy to leave and he will be a tough act to follow.

"But I want to reassure our supporters that we will do everything possible to identify and appoint the right Head Coach for this Football Club.

"I would also like to thank the FA Chairman, David Bernstein, for the sensitive and professional manner in which he has liaised with me in bringing about Roy's appointment.

"Everyone here would like to wish Roy, The FA and England all the best for Euro 2012 and beyond."

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