Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hodgson: I Must Win over the Fans - and My Players; New England Boss Aware of the Task Awaiting Him

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hodgson: I Must Win over the Fans - and My Players; New England Boss Aware of the Task Awaiting Him

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ROY Hodgson admits he will have to win over the England players and supporters after being appointed as Fabio Capello's successor.

Hodgson has signed a four-year contract and will lead England into Euro 2012 after completing the domestic season with current club West Brom.

But he is aware of the need to prove himself to fans who were expecting Harry Redknapp to be named in the role, while many of the players had voiced their backing for the Tottenham manager.

Hodgson said: "The scrutiny will be big. I understand that. Inter Milan wasn't exactly too easy, though, when I was there.

"We all know the England job is the pinnacle of success for every England manager but it brings scrutiny and criticism, so I have to be prepared for that. "It's always a big job to win people over. I'm prepared for criticism. The fact is I took it at Liverpool and I'll take it here.

"It's important the players buy into what we do, and that the country buy into what we're trying to do. I'm expecting a lot of support from everybody.

I'm hoping everyone in England gets behind their football team, because we want to give this country the successful football team we've been waiting for since 1966."

In terms of gaining the backing of the squad, Hodgson admitted: "Every coach has to win over the players. There's no question about that.

"It won't be the first time I've stepped into a group of players, many of whom I don't know.

"I'd like to think, with my CV, I'll command respect. country the football team But every coach has to win the players over, get them on his waiting for side, and make sure they're united behind the cause.

"Our cause is a very big one. We are England, the England football team. We interest a lot of people. I have a lot of responsibility - but so do the players."

Hodgson admits the task of England being successful at Euro 2012 has become more challenging given Capello's decision to quit three months ago. …

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