Legendary English football manager and former player
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Roy Hodgson is the former Manager of the England national football team.
Roy was born in Croydon, and played for Crystal Palace (Youth) and several senior non-League clubs in his early career. Roy then made his transition into the role of Manager, first for Swedish club Halmstad in 1976, and working with various Swedish clubs throughout the 1980’s.
Roy was announced as Manager of the Switzerland national football team in 1992, guiding them to the last 17 of the FIFA World Cup in 1994, and then to UEFA’s Euro’96. The Swiss hadn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1960s before his leadership. Roy also went on to manage the United Arab Emirates in 2002, and then Finland in 2006, lifting them to their highest FIFA ranking, all of which showing Roy’s natural talent for managing national teams.
At club level, Roy has managed at top clubs such as Internazionale and Udinese, Blackburn Rovers, Malmo, FC Copenhagen and Grasshopper, leading Inter to the UEFA Cup Final in 1997. Roy became an English Premier League manager with Fulham in 2007, a team which he led in to the UEFA Cup Final in 2010, marking his second appearance at these Finals as manager. In the same year, the League Manager’s Association awarded him ‘Manager of the Year’. Roy also had tenures at Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion in 2010/11, leading Albion to a mid-table finish in the Barclay’s Premier League in 2012.
After his appointment as England Manager in early 2012, Roy led his England team into the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, 2014. Hopes and morale were high after a solid qualifying campaign and the introduction of various young players into the squad. Meticulous in his planning, Roy ensured England had their preferred training base in Rio de Janeiro and scheduled warm up matches against Ecuador and Honduras to prepare for the Group Stage fixtures. Despite England’s exit of the competition at the Group Stage, Roy earned praise for his belief in youth, and received the unequivocal backing of The FA who publicly supported the job he did in Brazil.
Roy speaks several languages, and is a confident and inspiring public speaker, drawing on his extensive experiences both on and off the field to deliver insightful talks on leadership and teamwork. Roy lives with his wife, Sheila, with whom he has a son, Christopher.