England appoints Roy Hodgson manager

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England appoints Roy Hodgson manager

LONDON - Roy Hodgson was appointed England manager on a four-year contract on Tuesday, ending months of speculation over who would lead the national team to next month’s European Championship.

The experienced 64-year-old, who has been in charge of Premier League West Bromwich Albion since February last year, became the 13th permanent post-war England manager after succeeding Italian Fabio Capello.

“This is a very proud day for me, I’m a very happy man to be offered the chance to manage my country and I’m looking forward to the task ahead,” Englishman Hodgson, who the FA said was the unanimous choice of the board, said at a news conference at Wembley.

“Everyone knows it’s not an easy one but I’m hoping everyone, the fans and supporters get behind the team. It’s the team that counts and I will do my very best to make sure they are prepared as well as possible for the tasks that lay ahead.”

Capello left his role as England manager in February, four years after taking over from Steve McClaren, despite a successful Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.

Since then, Stuart Pearce, the under-21 coach, had been in temporary charge with Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp the hot favorite to be offered the job.

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