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The Gordon Hill column: Why I think the FA have got it wrong again

The FA have stunned us yet again, this time with their view that Roy Hodgson is the best man for the England job.

As a former England player I am baffled. While all the talk seemed to be pointing towards Harry Redknapp becoming the new England manager, I had a feeling that the FA might have stuck with Stuart Pearce and not made any decisions until they got all prospects in.

I would have preferred Harry as the new man to lead England. I have known him for many years and he has what it takes to do a good job.

Harry knows how players feel and has a way of getting the best out of them. The players respect him more than Roy Hodgson, and Harry has the charisma that is required to be a good manager. He insists on having players in his teams that will play with pride.

I like his way of playing. I personally can not see any of that in Roy Hodgson. To me he is a yes man and not the inspirational character that England needs. I feel the same way about Hodgson as I felt about Steve McClaren. The FA can certainly pick ‘em!

What I want to know is has Trevor Brooking had a say or given his opinion? Because I know him personally and he and Harry do not see eye to eye. Would Brooking have to listen to Harry about English youth development or are the FA just looking for a yes man?

Most of the decision makers in the FA have never kicked a ball and they are sitting there choosing the next England manager. Wow.

Do me a favour!

What really gets up my nose is that a manager like Roy Hodgson comes out and says he would be delighted to take the England job. To me that statement means ‘I am going to do you a favour’.

Is he for real? I am afraid that I have given up with the FA. I was pleased when David Bernstein stood up to FIFA on the World Cup going to Qatar, but choosing Hodgson for the England job is hardly making a stand for English football.

To me there are two levels in English football. One is the the boards and the businessmen and their egos, and there is the common person who has to let these people make decisions on their behalf.

I am not surprised that England have not won anything in recent years, it is a case of the blind leading the blind. Football people should control the game in England.

England managers should be selected by their peers. As Roy Keene said we have to put up with the prawn sandwich brigade.

Well, we are seeing it with the FA, but that is nothing new. I can remember back to 1978 when England went to Argentina to play in a pre World Cup tournament.

The FA delegates flew first class and the players were at the back. The FA think more about themselves than the players. I know times have changed and players are treated well, but I am still seeing it happening today.

More puzzling to me about being a football manager is that it is the only profession where you get the sack then get a better job.

Just tell your potential new chairman that you were a failure at your last club and at the end of your interview wait for the news that you are just the man to lead the club forward. Oh, and not only that, but when can you start? And, by the way, we will give you more money. Does that make sense? Well, in football, apparently the answer is yes.

By Gordon Hill

Gordon Hill was capped six times for England in the 1970s and made 132 appearances for Manchester United, scoring 51 goals. He scored both United goals in their 1976 FA Cup semi-final win against Derby and played in the Red Devils' 2-1 FA Cup final triumph against Liverpool in 1977.

He has played for Millwall, Derby, QPR and FC Twente, and managed Chester City and Hyde. He has also played in Finland, the USA and Canada, where he managed the Novia Scotia Clippers in the Canadian Soccer League.

As a media commentator, Hill has worked with Sky Sports, BBC, ITV and Talk Radio. He lives with his wife Claire in McKinney, Texas. Hill now owns and runs Texas-based club United FC.

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