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'No Surprise At All'

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

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David Moyes says the FA's move to speak to Roy Hodgson over the vacant England manager's job came 'as no surprise at all'.

West Bromwich Albion boss Hodgson, 64, travelled to Wembley for talks on Monday and was confirmed as the new national team boss on Tuesday.

Tottenham chief Harry Redknapp had been seen as the strong favourite for the role following Fabio Capello's shock resignation in February, yet the FA said Hodgson was the only person they approached about succeeding the Italian.

During his time at Preston, Moyes travelled to Italy to study the methods of then-Udinese boss Hodgson as part of his UEFA pro coaching licence and believes the appointment could be a positive one for the fortunes of the Three Lions.

"Roy's a really good coach and someone who knows the game thoroughly and someone who's been round the block a few times, so it's certainly no surprise to me. I'm not surprised at all," said Moyes.

"I'm sure Harry was in the running as well. I think they were looking at probably Harry and Roy and looking to see which one suited.

“I think England have got hopes to develop other things and Roy is a really good teacher of football as well as a good manager, so I'm sure if he gets involved with England then he'll be a good choice.”

Among Hodgson’s other coaching roles have been two stints at Inter Milan and time in charge of both the Finnish and Swiss national teams.

In 2010 he led Fulham to the final of the Europa League, narrowly losing out to Spaniard’s Atletico Madrid.

He then moved to Liverpool, and though his spell at Anfield was short-lived, he has again impressed at the Hawthorns, steering them clear of relegation last season and establishing them as a mid-table side this.  

"He's had several really big jobs which people forget, managing Inter Milan and Udinese and things like that,” said Moyes. “People sometimes forget and think that his only other big job was Liverpool.

"And to take a club to a Europa League final - if you look at the standard of the teams which are in that final this year, it gives you an idea of the achievement it was for him to do that."

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