Hodgson's Kent roots

Roy Hodgson leaves Wembley Stadium yesterday Photo: PA

Roy Hodgson is expected to be named the England boss today after an illustrious career managing sides such as Liverpool, Inter Milan, Switzerland, Finland, and Fulham.

Few, however, realise he spent much of his playing career at clubs in Kent.

The current West Brom boss has been named by the FA as the one candidate on their shortlist to replace Fabio Capello, and he spent much of yesterday in talks with them.

Pundits say they anticipate an announcement today, despite the clamouring of players and fans for Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp to get the top job. He had been the hot favourite but it appears either he or the FA got cold feet.

For many in Kent, however, the career of Mr Hodgson has been followed with interest.

He was a moderately successful youth player with Crystal Palace but was never able to break into the first team.

He then played for non-league clubs Ashford Town, Tonbridge, Gravesend & Northfleet, and Maidstone United - where he began managing in 1972.