England managers: What they said at their first press conference


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Roy Hodgson was yesterday unveiled as the the new England manager. During his press conference, he talked of his delight at being named as manager and his ambitions for the Three Lions.

Here, we take a look at what his predecessors said at their first press conference after being unveiled by the FA.

Fabio Capello (2008-2012)

On being named as England manager: "I have wanted this job for a long time and I know there are great expectations that go with it."

On his ambitions for England: "My first objective is to meet the players and the club coaches in the Premier League. England has a great team that can go right to the top. I want to see all players playing for England like they do for their clubs."

On speaking English: "I am convinced that in one month when I meet up with the squad for the first time, I will be able to speak English. I believe it is very important to communicate with players and I will undergo a strict routine to learn the language - I will apply myself every day."


Steve McClaren (2006-2007)

On being named as England manager: "This was an opportunity I couldn't refuse and I'm probably the proudest man in England today. To manage your country is the greatest honour which can be bestowed on anyone."

On his ambitions for England: "I am results-orientated and I'm here to do a job, win matches and make sure England over the next four years win a major trophy."

On being perceived as second choice after Luiz Felipe Scolari was offered the job: "I don't see it as a case of first choice or second choice. I am THE choice and I sit here as the next England coach."


Sven-Goran Eriksson (2001-2006)

On his ambitions for England: "I realise it is going to be difficult. It is a big job and a big challenge for me which I hope to enjoy."

On the widespread unpopularity of the FA's decision to appoint a foreigner for the first time: "I will prove my critics wrong with good football and good results."


Kevin Keegan (1999-2000)

On being named as England manager: "I'm excited by it. It's exhilarating. You have just got to do it your way. I'll do it my way and hopefully it will be enjoyable."

On his ambitions for England: "We want to try and match what the '66 team did," he said. They had a bit of luck and we will need that too."

On the pressures of the job: "I know what comes with the job, I know the upside and downside. In this country people get very emotional about football and that's what I like about it. It's my job not to get beheaded. I don't want a knighthood but I want to keep my head on my shoulders."


Glenn Hoddle (1996-1999)

On being named as England manager: "I've had a burning ambition to do this since I was a very young age. It's the only job, in England or abroad, which I would have left Chelsea (his employers before England) for."

On his ambitions for England: "My ambition is to be successful, the talent is there. There is a crop of exciting young players coming through which gives me the chance to do well. I want to do so in a manner which is close to my heart and, I believe, close to the public's as well."

On England's style of play: "Sometimes we admire what goes on across the channel and then raise eyebrows if we do it over here. I think people will accept it if we win."


And the new manager, Roy Hogson

On being named as England manager: "It's a very proud day for me. I'm a very happy man. It is the most important job in English football ... and a privilege to take the job."

On his ambitions for England: "I think England always have to go into tournaments to win them because we are a major football nation. The players would be disappointed if we didn't expect less of them than trying to win the tournament."