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Owen Coyle and Geoff Hurst back Roy Hodgson for England manager

Monday, 30 April 2012

*Bolton manager Owen Coyle has given an emphatic thumbs-up to Roy Hodgson’s expected appointment as England manager.

Owen Coyle says Roy Hodgson 'ticks every box' (Picture: Reuters)

Geoff Hurst also thinks Roy Hodgson is a good choice (Picture: AP)

Coyle said he was not surprised by the Football Association’s Harry Redknapp snub, and added: 'I am absolutely thrilled. Roy ticks every box.'He has a proven track record and international experience.'Harry was always going to be a difficult one because of the compensation but Roy is a terrific manager, someone I have a lot of time for and I have no doubts he can bring real success to the England team.'

Roy Hodgson looks set to become the next England manager (Picture: AFP)

England’s 1966 World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst was not quite so gushing but said: 'Whether we had a manager or not, I still think we are capable of getting at least to the [Euro 2012] semis.'If we can, you never know what could happen. [But] Roy has not been involved in the preparations and that’s not ideal.'But he explained that Hodgson's lack of involvement with the England squad might prove to be a good thing, adding: 'It might take the pressure off, certainly from the media and the fans, to be successful this year.'That could be a good thing because expectation is huge on the manager and the players.'Is Roy Hodgson the right man for England?
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Source: Press Association UK - on April 30, 2012

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Coyle on 'Hodgson for England'

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has offered his views on who should take up the job as England manager.

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