Hodgson for England?

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter- tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms further… And one fine morning- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Don’t do it, Roy.

Let them eat Harry.

11 thoughts on “Hodgson for England?

  1. But he WILL do it, won’t he. He showed by taking the Liverpool job that he craves recognition by the big boys. Plus he never stays in one place more than about 2 years – he’s been at WBA 15 months, so he’ll have his eye out for a move.

  2. The deciding factor for the FA would have been the training centre at Burton. Hodgson is prepared to be a coach. He might not be a success at coaching England to trophies, but I get the impression he might just help turn around the youth development issues that have plagued England over the years.

    Plus, the FA save £13m which can be put back into youth development and we are spared a complete thrashing at the Euros.

    I am not sure that the journo’s can blame Hodgson for failure are the upcoming Euros because it is not ‘his squad’. Failure to qualify for the world cup would be a bigger issue.

  3. +1 for the quote. This also sprung to mind:

    “You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me”

  4. Somehow I think the last 5 years were all leading up to this point for him…not that I believe he’ll succeed (who could). The coaching equivalent of the New York Knickerbockers in my mind…

  5. “This also reinforced my contempt for the waterheads who ran Big Ed’s
    campaign like a gang of junkies trying to send a rocket to the moon to
    check out rumors that the craters were full of smack.”
    – Hunter S. Thompson, “Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72”

      1. That book is my favorite of his by a huge margin. In addition to the writing, which was at its peak, it’s a legitimate piece of political journalism (or at least, or political engagement), in a roundabout sort of way.

        1. I’m the same. Really good writing with just enough weirdness (e.g. the muggings) to keep you on your toes, and as per the quote above, the writing is electric. Very strong agreement that this was his peak – his early work is very strong and there was a brief return to some form with Curse or Lono but much of his journalism just got horrendously bad. Have you read his letters? They’re really good.

  6. No, he should do it. It’ll be fascinating to see how he fares. He is bright enough to spot the dangers (Doctorate of Philosophy not required for that) and if he chooses to disregard them because of belief in his own abilities, that sets up an extremely interesting scenario for us followers of football.

    I feel as protective of his welfare as he felt protective of Fulham’s the summer before last — i.e. to some extent, but only up to a point. Let him be the judge of his suitability and then let’s see.

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