Harry may not be happy as FA turns to Hodgson

 

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Roy Hodgson will have talks today with the Football Association with a view to becoming the new England manager after the governing body made the surprise decision to reject the candidacy of Harry Redknapp, the runaway favourite for the job.

The Tottenham Hotspur manager was not even the subject of an official approach, fuelling the theories that the FA has serious misgivings about the 65-year-old's suitability. Redknapp has long denied that he has an enmity with Sir Trevor Brooking, one of the four members of the Club England board, but the two men are not close despite their West Ham roots.

Hodgson, 64, is out of contract with West Bromwich Albion at the end of June and would not require the FA to pay any compensation, although that is not understood to be the primary factor in approaching him over Redknapp. The FA maintains privately its latest move is not a negotiating tactic to flush out Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, over compensation for Redknapp, but that Hodgson is its first choice.

The quartet of individuals on the Club England board, led by FA chairman David Bernstein, only told the main FA board of their decision last night. Club England have been charged with identifying the right candidate for the job but their decision will ultimately have to be rubber-stamped by the 14-strong FA main board.

Bernstein will meet with Hodgson today to discuss the job, with a view to him taking over the side before Euro 2012 and signing a long-term contract for the World Cup qualifiers that begin in September with the first game at Wembley against Moldova. Bernstein said last night: "Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set out soon after Fabio Capello's departure."

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