Vital Football

Latest WBA News

Hodgson is the Baggies new Head Coach

Hodgson is the Baggies new Head Coach

Roy Hodgson left Liverpool just five weeks ago having endured a torrid six months in charge. After 35 years as a Manager he must have wondered what was happening to him, he was hardly given a chance to stamp his personality on a Liverpool squad that was the poorest one that I have seen in nearly 40 years.

Who would forgive him for wanting to take a rest from the game after the abuse he received at the hands of the Liverpool fans who had been so uncharitable to him in his short time in charge. Instead he has chosen to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career in keeping the Baggies up. If he does that it will rank amongst one of his biggest achievements in the game and it will fully justify Chairman Jeremy Peace's decision to replace Roberto Di Matteo.

Hodgson was sold on the idea of taking over at Albion by the vision and enthusiasm shown by Peace and Sporting and Technical Director, Dan Ashworth. Hodgson's experience and organisational ability will be fully tested in the remainder of the season with the Baggies needing at least another five wins to maintain their Premier League status.

Hodgson said: 'It was not my intention to return to Barclays Premier League football this quickly but I was so impressed by the way the chairman and the sporting and technical director sold the project to me that I was very happy to accept the offer.

I am delighted that a club of West Bromwich Albion's stature has given me the opportunity to help them in their quest to retain their Premier League status and to build for the future'.

Jeremy Peace was delighted to get his man: 'At such a vital stage of the season, we felt it was important we identified and appointed the right man as quickly as possible. Roy emerged as the outstanding and unanimous choice of the football club board and we are delighted to have appointed our number one target. We believe his vast experience and knowledge of the game is exactly what we need for the challenge we face, both in the short and long term.

However, as Roy has stated, the club's immediate focus is offering Michael, Keith Downing, Dean Kiely and the players all the support they need as they prepare to face West Ham.

We're very grateful for the way Michael has taken over the reins this week. He has fully justified our faith in him.'

Hodgson has signed an initial 18 month contract and it is hoped that he is able to groom Michael Appleton to take the reins after that period. The club is very keen to have its own succession plan in place and Appleton is seen as an integral part of the long term future of West Bromwich Albion.

Good luck Roy let's hope that your time at West Brom is a successful one.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:S Wilton
Date:Friday February 11 2011
Time: 10:38PM

Comments

0
given time and a bit of luck roy will do well his know how is second to none ok may be sir alex good luck
truth sayer ffc
13/02/2011 17:10:00
0
Good appointment, should make sure you go down. Toodle pip, dont rush back.
JJ McDuff
14/02/2011 11:13:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

Pulis Gives Update Ahead Of Watford

Head coach Tony Pulis has confirmed that striker Salomon Rondon is a doubt for this weekend's clash with Watford.

Vital Preview - Premier League, 3rd-5th Dec 2016

The 2016-17 season continues with the latest round of games this weekend, which will see us among those involved in this schedule with three points of course the aim.

Vote For The November Awards - 2016/17

The Premier League have now opened voting for the Manager, Player and Goal of the Month awards for November.

Match Day Officials v Watford (3/12/16)

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Watford this Saturday.

Archived Vital Baggies Articles

Vital Baggies articles from

Site Journalists

Baggy Boy
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Bromwich Albion v Watford
Suggested By:
West Brom win100%
Watford win0%
Draw0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 31 19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 30 18
3 Man City 13 9 3 1 30 17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 15
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 9
6 Man Utd 13 5 5 3 20 3
7 Everton 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Watford 13 5 3 5 18 -4
9 WBA 13 4 5 4 17 1
10 Southampton 13 4 5 4 17 1
11 Stoke 13 4 4 5 16 -5
12 AFC Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 -3
16 West Ham 13 3 3 7 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 -17
19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 8 -11
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent West Bromwich Albion  Results (view all)

West Bromwich Albion  Fixtures (view all)

Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 11 2016 12:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 8:00PM : Swansea City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 17 2016 5:30PM : Manchester United (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Southampton (a)
Barclays Premier League
Vital Football Comment