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Hodgson would welcome England offer

Updated: Sunday, 25 Mar 2012 20:19

Roy Hodgson has experience of international management with Switzerland, UAE and Finland
Roy Hodgson has experience of international management with Switzerland, UAE and Finland

Roy Hodgson has revealed he would take the England manager's job if it was offered to him by the Football Association.

The West Brom manager's name has been linked to the role, even though Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to be appointed Fabio Capello's successor.

"I don't know that (the England manager's job) is an ambition as such," the former Liverpool boss told talkSPORT.

"It would be an honour of course if ever the offer came my way, because it's the pinnacle of success in a way and certainly of coaching success if you are ever invited to manage your own country."

Asked if he would take the job if offered it, Hodgson said: "Of course, I think that anyone would."

Keith Andrews believes Hodgson is "an ideal candidate" to replace Fabio Capello as England manager.

Baggies midfielder Andrews is a staunch Liverpool fan and feels it would be unfair if Hodgson's unhappy spell at Anfield counts against him when the FA make their appointment.

Hodgson has transformed Albion's fortunes during his 15 months in charge and they are already virtually guaranteed a third successive season of Barclays Premier League football.

Andrews said: "We all hope Roy Hodgson stays at West Brom but he is linked with England for a reason, the reason being he is very good at his job.

"If you ask the players here, or players who have played under him at previous clubs, all the feedback is so positive and his enthusiasm and love for the game is very infectious.

"People should not be put off by what happened at Liverpool. I'm a Liverpool fan and I was delighted when he got the job.

"Only the FA will know how much that spell has altered their view on him.

"I thought he was unfairly treated, and the circumstances and the timing wasn't great when he went into the club.

"It was certainly a transitional period at Liverpool and didn't quite work out but you look at his pedigree and the experience he has, he is an ideal candidate for England.

"He has managed at international level before, he has got the pedigree and personality for it, he can deal with players, and deal with the personalities.

"If chosen, I'm sure he could do a fantastic job but hopefully he can stick with us and crack on and finished what he has started at West Brom."

Albion are on 36 points ahead of tomorrow's home clash with Newcastle but Andrews revealed Hodgson is determined the players will not ease up in the final part of the campaign.

He said: "The gaffer sets standards very high and, even during the last couple of weeks when we've been relatively safe, he still wants us to kick on, not let the season fizzle out.

"If anything, he has even got a little bit grumpier over the last couple of weeks. But that's the man, he sets standards and wants them kept.

"He doesn't want the players resting on their laurels, thinking they are safe and the season is over.

"It's far from over. There are a large amount of points to play for and we can achieve something really good this year if we kick on and hopefully finish in the top half."

Andrews has no regrets about leaving Blackburn to join West Brom on a six-month deal in January, as he was anxious to secure first-team football to help his chances of being a key member of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 squad.

He said: "It was one thing I had one eye on when I made the move in January. I needed to be playing, and playing in a good side that play football that would suit my style of play.

"As soon as I knew West Brom were interested, it was the only place I wanted to come to. The team has been playing well, I'm happy with my form and I'd like to keep that going.

"People have said it was unusual to give up an 18 month contract for a six-month one but I had my reasons.

"I was quite keen to get out of Blackburn and the circumstances here meant there was not a situation where there was a longer contract on offer.”

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