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Does Hodgson deserve a crack at top job?
I was chatting to a bunch of Fulham fans after last night’s Europa League final defeat and the question they all asked was, “What did Roy Hodgson say about his future?”
You can tell why they would be anxious. The man who saved them from relegation after coming in midway through the 2007-08 season, guided them to seventh at the end of the next campaign and then on into their first major European final will not be short of job offers, you wouldn’t think.
But could he be a candidate for the top job in the country? It depends, obviously, on what Fabio Capello does after the current World Cup but certainly the fans I spoke to seem to think he might be in line for promotion.
Is that a case of fearing the worst or a real option?
It would be a big step up but the obvious similarities with Steve McClaren ignore the long international experience on Hodgson’s CV.
Watching Fulham last night I got the feeling that Hodgson was squeezing the best out of his players by getting them doing the simple things consistently right.
Could he step up and get an exceptional group of players playing beyond themselves for England?