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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: Facchetti recruited me for Inter Milan

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has spoken of his time with Inter Milan.

Hodgson made the move to Inter 15 years ago.

He told the Coaches' Voice: “I was still the Switzerland manager when I came home one afternoon to a message on the telephone from Giacinto Facchetti of Inter Milan. It was a very brief message. 'I am Giacinto Facchetti – can you call me?'

“I'd met him a couple of times when I was with Malmo, and we had played Inter Milan in the European Cup. 'I wonder what that's about?' I said to my wife.

“When I called him back, he explained that Massimo Moratti was looking for a new coach and that they had identified me as someone they would like. So a meeting was set up.

“On the day of the meeting, there was also a big game between Basel and Grasshoppers at St Jakob Park. The plan was that I would go to the game and then drive directly from there to Milan overnight. I would then meet Massimo Moratti the following day.

“It took longer than I expected to get away from the stadium, of course, and then the tunnel that leads from Basel was closed. Instead, I had to go over the pass – which, with it starting to snow, was a really bad experience.

“I also had to stop close to Bellinzona when I got over the pass. This was in the early hours of the same day I was supposed be meeting Moratti in the centre of Milan. That I was eventually asked to take the job seemed pretty much written in the stars."

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