Premature Rejection: The Fourth Estate And Roy Hodgson


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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15 Responses

  1. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    For me, the comment that summed the press’ attitude up perfectly was this from Martin Lipton in the Daily Mirror on Monday:

    “The nation demanded one man. The only possible contender. Mercurial. The players’ choice. The fans’ choice. Even the media choice ”

    Bless ‘em, they were only repeating what we were all saying …. strange that a quick straw poll in my office on Monday suggested that “The Nation’s Choice” was in fact about “20% of The Nation’s Choice”. Perhaps I should have asked the question at Fortress Wapping?

  2. Sean says:

    “Do YOU know what football writers like most?”

    Yes, I do. They like scandal & negative stories, because it’s difficult to write attention-grabbing headlines about good news.

    To pretend otherwise is a complete insult to their readership.

  3. Alan Jones says:

    What a great article and very good insight into the pitiful attempts by the garbage press to undermine a great guy, brilliant coach and the very best England could hope for in their attempt to get their ‘Football’ industry back on track after years of decline. What has happy Harry ever won without bankrupting the clubs he worked at?
    One FA cup, with borrowed cash and where are Pompey now? It took Southampton and West Ham years to recover from his ‘wheeling and dealing’.
    Roy on the other hand works hard with what he’s got and builds a team without extravagance, being reliant on his coaching skills and attention to detail. He’s been there and done it!

  4. Tim Vickerman says:

    And there was I thinking that the press hounded out England’s most successful manager (on match record) to get an English manager in. Wasn’t aware the criteria was actually ‘an English manager with the initials HR’.

    Personally, I thought Roberto Di Matteo would have been perfect, for Euro 2012 at least.

  5. Frank Heaven says:

    The tabloid vermin may have done Roy a favour – their reaction has already given him greater public sympathy, and may make them realise they need to turn down the vitriol.

    And those of us who long ago tired of supporting the England team, with its accompanying hype, jingoism, and failure – might actually get behind them this summer, hoping that Roy can shut his doubters up.

  6. Paul Grech says:

    What’s truly strange is that the same writers who today are complaining that Hodgson isn’t a good choice for England were among those heavily pushing his claims at Liverpool two summers ago. His lack of apparent ambition then wasn’t a problem for them, neither were his conservative strategies.

    The truth is that two years ago a big chunk of the media wanted to see Rafa Benitez out and an Englishman, in the form of Roy Hodgson in. For whatever reason, that was their agenda. That was the story they wanted to tell.

    This time round, they wanted Fabio Capello out (and have been wanting him out since the World Cup) and an Englishman, in the form of Harry Redknapp in. Hodgson coming in has ruined their story.

    The truth is that two years ago they didn’t care if Liverpool got a man who could handle the job but that their view of things came into being. And they don’t care if England got the best man for the job. They care that the men at the FA have defied them by not appointing the man they have built up as being the best possible choice. For months, a lot of journalists have been claiming that Redknapp for England was practically a certainty, intimating that they had excellent contacts within the FA to confirm this rumour. That this hasn’t happened shows them up as charlatans. And that is something they don’t like.

  7. fwis says:

    Agree with Frank Heaven. I suddenly find myself caring so much more about the England set-up again just because I want Roy to stick it to these jumped up media morons.

    But, given the players he has to work with, I won’t hold my breath…

  8. Richard says:

    Glenn Moore of the Independent conducted a survey on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and found that Redknapp was nowhere near as popular with the fans as the media wanted to believe. Obviously this isn’t an entirely scientific survey, but it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the press are after Roy as they would prefer Harry (look at all the references to his age – Redknapp is actually older)

    There is also a disconnect in expectations between the press and the fans – whereas the papers will be full of “WE’RE GOING TO WIN!!” most fans will probably be reasonably happy with a competent performance – maybe getting out of the group and not being humiliated by Spain in the quarters.

  9. pavlosmacwolf says:

    well written, and as far as the Sun is concerned it should go the same way as the News of the Screws, disgraceful, gutter journalism, but then what else would we expect.

  10. Dave Wallace says:

    Excellent article. I was not a fan of RH appointment at Liverpool for many reasons but as he came gave him my full support as a Liverpool fan. Sadly things clearly didn’t work out and it was best for both parties to part. I feel similar about the England position, he would n’t have been my choice but he’s there now so he needs support. he’s a decent man through Roy and the reaction of the press has been foul. Makes me want to vomit.

  11. Mark Conway says:

    Excellent piece, completely agree with the premise of giving the man a chance. Clearly a decent man, dignified, articulate, can string a sentence together without being in danger of serving one. I was staggered by the level of negativity displayed by the BBC who, as well as showing the Apartheid question, also used footage of Sir John Major as if to imply the ineffectuality of a ‘grey man’ and tie that to Hodgson as well. Not that he’s qualified to represent the football world on the question of England manager, but Joey Barton did well effectively peeing on Paxman’s parade last night by describing Hodgson as shrewd, cultured, with a wealth of experience and hoping he gets a chance. I’m not a fan of Joey but fair play to him on that. You could almost hear the frowns of the collective BBC in the background. Good luck Roy Hodgson.

  12. Allan says:

    Two points.

    Firstly, anyone remember the build up to the English FA Cup semi-final a couple of weeks abo on ITV. They did a piece comparing Terry Venables with Saint ‘Arry. Venables won the English FA Cup, as did Redknapp. It then went on to draw parallels with Redknapp being lined up to be the next England manager. There was one other parallel not mentioned, both managers have… er… financial baggage Maybe certain members of the FA remembered this.

    Secondly, prehaps it’s remembered by the public why Saint ‘Arry was such a favourite with the press. Maybe he’ll explain his true feelings of the supposed “snub” in his next column for The S*n.

    Great piece by the way

  13. MR B OING says:

    Firstly, Roy leaves the Hawthorns with nothing but praise from the fans. We were going down – but he came in, steadied the ship, gave the team organisation, and gave us wins at Villa Park, Britannia, Anfield etc.

    As for ‘Arry being the fans favourite – he certainlty wasn’t according to those fans (from many teams) that I’ve spoken to recently. Curiously, that attitude hardened after the court case – strange eh ?

  14. Leo says:

    I wouldn’t value anything Martin Samuel says, or the Mail for that matter. He once said that the English rugby manager should tell his players to seek vengeance for the children who suffered abuse to Irish priests. As for the Sun, well anything to deflect attention from the MP report stating Murdoch was “not fit” to run an international organisation, released the same day Hodgson was appointed.

  15. Roger1Ducky says:

    Mr. B Oing. I would be worried if I were you. West Brom will need a new manager. Looks like Alex McLeish might soon become available , and he’ll , for sure, be looking for unique hattrick of Brummie relegations.

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