Roy Hodgson factfile
After weighing up their options since Rafa Benitez's
departure last month Liverpool have plumped for Fulham boss Roy Hodgson
as his successor. Hodgson has seen his stock rise higher than ever
before after guiding the Cottagers to the Europa League final last
With a limited budget at Anfield and internal wrangling a persistent
off-field distraction, it's hardly the easiest job in the Premier
League. Hodgson has described his new role as the biggest gig in English
football and here, skysports.com looks at the path that led him to
1947: Born on August 9, Croydon.
1965-75: Player with Crystal Palace, Gravesend and Northfleet,
Maidstone and South African side Berea Park.
1976: Starts managerial career with Halmstad in Sweden, winning
1980: Joins Bristol City as assistant manager to Bobby Houghton.
1982: Appointed manager at Ashton Gate but dismissed within four
months after poor run of results when club is taken over by new owners.
Returns to Sweden, where he manages Orebro and then Malmo, who won five
consecutive championships and two Swedish Cups under him.
1990: Leaves Sweden for Switzerland, taking over at Neuchatel
1992: Becomes manager of Switzerland, whom he takes to the 1994
World Cup in the United States. Was in charge when they qualified for
1995: Appointed manager of Inter Milan.
1997: Agrees to become Blackburn manager in the summer. While
still at Inter, his side lose to German club Schalke in the UEFA Cup
final on penalties.
1998: May: Takes Blackburn into European competition for the
first time since 1995 but Rovers win only two of their final 11 Premier
League matches to fail in chase for title.
November: Sacked by Blackburn with the club bottom of the Premier
League, having taken just nine points from 14 games.
1999: Shortlisted for Austria job. Returns to Inter on April 27
as technical director until the end of the season. Joins Grasshoppers.
2000: Appointed coach of Danish side FC Copenhagen. Linked with
England job after resignation of Kevin Keegan.
2001: May - Takes Copenhagen to the Superliga title.
August: Takes over as coach of Serie A club Udinese.
December 10 - Udinese and Hodgson part company.
2002: April - Appointed manager of United Arab Emirates.
2004: January - Sacked after leading side to fifth place at the
May - Joins Norwegian side Viking FK.
2005: August - Agre to take over as boss of Finland national
2007: November 30 - Quits after failing to secure qualification
for Euro 2008, and is immediately linked with Republic of Ireland
December 30 - Appointed Fulham manager.
2008: Fulham win four of their last five Premier League games of
the season to stave off relegation.
2009: After overhauling the squad in pre-season, guides the
Cottagers to their highest ever top-flight finish, seventh, and ensures
Europa League qualification.
2010: March 18 - Oversees a stunning second-leg comeback against
Juventus in the Europa League quarter-final as a 4-1 win takes Fulham
into the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.
April: Having seen off Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals, leads the club
into the final as they draw 0-0 in Hamburg despite a nightmare journey
due to Icelandic volcanic ash, winning the second leg 2-1 at Craven
May 12 - Hodgson's side go down 2-1 to Atletico Madrid in extra time in
the Europa League final in Hamburg.
July 1 - Announced as new manager of Liverpool on a three-year contract.
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