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Park and the Hawthorns, Hodgson took over a group of players at West Brom who were crying out for leadership and a more pragmatic approach. Rudderless under Roberto Di Matteo, who ran a laidback regime, they had lost 13 out of 18 matches and had failed to keep a clean sheet for six months when Hodgson rocked up.
West Brom turned to Hodgson because he was seen as a safe pair of hands who could give a struggling team some direction. The transfer window had closed, which meant Di Matteo’s successor would have to make the best of whatever he inherited. Dan Ashworth, who was the technical director at the time, was confident Hodgson would thrive in that situation because of his desire to be out on the training ground every day.
Whatever anyone thinks of Hodgson, that sort of thing is his forte. “If there are problems in the team in terms of organisation and structure, Roy will get down to work at them straight away,” says Terry Burton, who worked alongside Keith Downing on the back-room staff at West Brom and laughs as he recalls how the two of them were left “fighting to get the cones to put out” because Hodgson was so hands on.
It was all about the players knowing their jobs with and without the ball and everything Hodgson did on the training pitch had that in mind. “Some people are session coaches and some are team coaches,” Burton says. “Session coaches will put on a passing drill or a possession practice while team coaches will coach a function of the
63 22 18 23 Rovers finished sixth in the Premier League and qualified for the Uefa Cup in Hodgson’s first season in charge but things quickly unravelled and by November he had been sacked with his side bottom of the table
128 50 32 46 Hodgson led Fulham to a miraculous escape and then a seventh-place finish before guiding them to the first major European final in the club’s 130-year history, where they lost 2-1 against Atlético Madrid
31 13 9 9 Appointed ahead of Kenny Dalglish, Hodgson admitted his side could be in a relegation battle when defeat by Blackpool left them third bottom after seven games. Results improved but by January Hodgson was gone
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54 20 13 21 Guided the team to safety after January arrival and an impressive 10th-place finish the following season proved good enough for Hodgson to be named England manager