The pair worked together at Inter Milan and Hodgson recalled: "I've the utmost respect for Paul as a player and person, and if you ask whether I thought he'd go into management the answer is yes.
"When I arrived in Milan he'd just left Manchester United and wasn't too happy in his first couple of months with the way things had gone.
"He saw my arrival as a turning point. Although we both spoke Italian, the fact we had a common language and culture did form a bond.
"Maybe it would have been harder for people to keep him at Inter if he'd continued along the lines that were there prior to my arrival.
"Paul has got a good personality - and has a winning mentality.
"I'm sure the leadership qualities he showed in Milan are serving him well now.
"He knows what it takes to win and to overcome difficulties. I'm sure his players have learnt those lessons."