Hodgson named new England coach

The Football Association have confirmed Roy Hodgson as the new England manager.

The 64-year-old has signed a four-year deal, taking him to the end of Euro 2016.

Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace said: "Roy's appointment as England manager is obviously disappointing news for the club as we would have liked him to sign a new contract, which was in the process of negotiation, and remain as our head coach.

"But we understand Roy's desire to take the England job and he will leave us after the Arsenal game on May 13 with our best wishes.

"Of course, with Euro 2012 around the corner, we appreciate that some of Roy's focus over the next 12 days will be on England matters.

"But we are delighted he will be seeing the season out with us.

"With the help of the coaching staff, he will prepare the team in his usual, meticulous manner as we finish what has already been a successful season."

Peace added: "The board will now concentrate on the important task of appointing a new head coach to continue our project as we prepare for a third successive season in the Barclays Premier League.

"We did not want Roy to leave and he will be a tough act to follow.

"But I want to reassure our supporters that we will do everything possible to identify and appoint the right head coach for this football club.

"I would also like to thank the FA Chairman, David Bernstein, for the sensitive and professional manner in which he has liaised with me in bringing about Roy's appointment.

"Everyone here would like to wish Roy, The FA and England all the best for Euro 2012 and beyond."

 
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