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Hodgson quits Finland for Inter???

Sebastian2010-05-04 21:48:38 +0000 #1
Fri, 30 Nov 15:55:00 2007

Roy Hodgson has quit his role in charge of the Finland national team and said he will take up a job working alongside Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti.

Hodgson, who twice coached the Serie A side in separate spells in the 1990s, said he had not ruled out the possibility of taking another post with a national team.

"If a national team wanted to have me they would have to be a) very quick and b) persuade the president to get rid of me before he even takes me on," Hodgson said.

He said he would start at Inter in January.

Despite finishing behind Poland and Portugal in their group, the Finns enjoyed an exceptional campaign and were keen for the former Blackburn boss to stay on.

"We would have liked to keep Roy as the coach, he has done a fantastic job," said football association president Pekka Hamalainen, adding that Hodgson would help choose a successor.

Hodgson has also been identified as one of the '10 wise men' who will help England pick their next manager, along with the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Franz Beckenbauer.

He is not believed to be a candidate to replace Steve McClaren, but may be considered to fill either of the jobs recently made vacant by Alex McLeish and Steve Staunton.

Yesterday the 60-year-old Hodgson revealed he had turned down an approach from Northern Ireland following the resignation of Lawrie Sanchez, with the job going to Nigel Worthington instead.

An Inter Milan spokeswoman said the club had no information on Hodgson rejoining the club but Italian media reports in recent months said the Englishman was in the frame for an upstairs role at the San Siro.

Coach Roberto Mancini led the side to a runaway title success last season and they are three points clear in Serie A this term.

President Massimo Moratti may feel he needs Hodgson to help with signing players and other background work.

Hodgson first coached Inter between 1995 and 1997 and then left the club again in 1999 after a short second stint in charge.

What the.... ??????????????????? ...Moratti cant be serious...This is the guy who said that there's plenty of better left backs than Roberto Carlos when he was in Inter in 96'....


ilcapitano2010-05-04 21:55:16 +0000 #2
I was surprised that Hodgson chose this job. It must have been the money and the warmer climate...Finland would have liked him to stay, he almost managed to help our very average NT into the final tournament.
Sebastian2010-05-04 22:01:11 +0000 #3
I am surprised that Moratti after all this time still insists with him...Well at this moment even Jackie Chan can be his adviser
tdr2010-05-04 22:45:08 +0000 #4
Hodgson is "full of himself"
Sebastian2010-05-04 23:27:20 +0000 #5
Now he will be full of cash too...

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