West Brom hire Roy Hodgson as Di Matteo’s replacement

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West Brom have appointed former Liverpool and Fulham manager Roy Hodgson as their new head coach.

The 63-year-old boss will take over after the weekend, after eplacing Di Matteo, who was placed on gardening leave following West Broms 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

Caretaker boss Michael Appleton, who only yesterday put himself forward for the job, will remain in temporary charge for the home game against West Ham on Saturday.

“The club are now channelling all of their efforts into supporting Appleton, his assistants Keith Downing and Dean Kiely and the players as they prepare for tomorrow’s vital game,” said a West Brom statement.

Hodgson will be at the match, although only as a spectator, and will meet the West Brom hierarchy to discuss his plans going forward, and will meet the media next week.

Hodgson has an impressive CV, having manager Inter Milan, Liverpool and Switzerland in the past, although his last six months at Liverpool were disastrous.

6 months after guiding Fulham to the UEFA Cup final he found himself out of a job, having won only 7 of 20 Premier League games.

West Broms form is not much better, having lost 13 of the last 20 games, and they sit one place above the relegation zone.

West Brom play Liverpool on the 2nd April in what is sure to be a grudge match for the former Liverpool boss.

Caretaker boss Appleton was disappointed not to be considered for the role.

He said, “I’ve never hidden the fact that I wanted to be a manager since retiring [in 2004].

“I spoke to the chairman [Jeremy Peace] and Dan Ashworth and ultimately they explained what had happened and was I prepared to take the role.

“It would’ve been foolish not to, at the end of the day. I felt it was responsible to look after the players, and at least they know me and they can trust me.

“The first thing I did was ring Roberto, Eddie [Newton] and Ade [Mafe] just to offer my support. We had a good chat, they were very philosophical about the situation, and wished me all the best.”

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