West Brom boss Hodgson confident avoiding second season syndrome

West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson is confident they're good enough to stay up.

Birmingham City, Hull City and Reading have all been victims of the 'second season syndrome' in recent times, but Hodgson is desperate to avoid that becoming an issue.

He said: "What is most important is getting through this difficult second season so we don't fall foul of what is known as the 'second season syndrome'.

"That has caused so many heartaches to so many clubs who have come up into the Premier League, had an initial good season only to go down the following year.

"We're not going badly; the club is making very big strides to being a very stable Premier League club in the category of Stoke, Everton and Fulham.

"At the start of every season they are not thinking 'can we stay up?' They are thinking 'can we get into the top 10?' It would be nice to be in that situation."

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