Now that Roy Hodgson has been officially appointed as England manager following an interview with the FA, he has spoken out about the conflict between former captains John Terry and Rio Ferdinand after an altercation between Terry and Ferdinand's brother Anton, in which the Chelsea defender allegedly made a racist remark.
As Terry awaits to appear before court regarding the matter, Hodgson revealed in his first press conference since becoming manager that one of his first tasks in the role would be to talk to the two feuding players, saying: “I’ll have to get in touch with John and Rio to speak with them, hopefully face to face, and find out where they are in this situation.
“John and Rio, as respected members of the team, are going to be two I need to speak to. I’ll have to speak to as many senior players as I can.”
Hodgson also stated that he accepted Terry's captaincy being taken away from him, which was done so by the FA after Terry's altercation with Anton Ferdinand earlier this season.
He also commented upon the difficulties he faced as England manager, with his appointment already facing a major backlash from supporters who had preferred Tottenham Hotspurs boss Harry Redknapp for the role. “It’s going to be unbelievably hard, very tough given I have to combine it in the next 10 days with being head coach at West Brom," he said, referencing the fact that he is still the active manager of West Bromwich Albion. "When the FA asked if I’d like to be the England manager no one said it would be an easy job and that I’d look forward to some sunny, pleasant days ahead. It’s 40 days and 40 nights and I’ll be working long hours.’’
England's recent international performances have been anything but impressive, with the recent unexpected departure of Fabio Capello, who prior to receiving the job had coached the prolific Real Madrid, being a testament to how difficult it is to pull the squad back into winning form. With many fans already against the appointing of Hodgson the former Finland and Switzerland coach has a rough ride ahead of him, but he admitted that he is aware of that, saying: “No one tried to talk me out of it, I realise what I’m going in to. I’m not naive. I’ve have been in football a long while. We’re dealing with enormous expectations.”
“When you raise expectation levels, and you have high hopes, your fear of failure is always going to be a factor," he added. "The only way you could ever go anywhere totally fearless is if you have nothing to lose. I can’t ever imagine the day when England go into a major tournament with nothing to lose.”
Hodgson's credentials as a manager are not to be balked at and many would insist that he is more than capable of handling the job, but his recent stint with Liverpool saw him succumbing to overwhelming negative pressure from supporters, ironically the same kind of negative pressure that he is already facing in his new job.
“I’d have to be living on another planet not to be aware of the situation," he continued, responding to a question regarding the negative reaction he had received from fans. "There is one major difference between my time at Liverpool and being offered the job as England manager. The people at Liverpool who appointed me didn’t have a chance to stay for very long and another group took over the club. The FA had a lot of time to decide which candidate they wanted to do the job, and I’m very happy it was me.
"I had the right to hope given my CV that the FA would choose me. I didn’t expect it, though.”