Roy Hodgson set to become England manager after starting career at Crystal Palace
CROYDON-born Roy Hodgson is set to be named as England's new manager.
The former John Ruskin Grammar School student and current West Bromwich Albion boss is set to hold formal talks about taking one of football's top jobs today (Monday).
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp had been the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Fabio Capello, who left the job in February.
But the FA said yesterday that Hodgson, the former Internazionale, Fulham and Liverpool boss, was the only name on the shortlist and no other candidates had been approached.
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Update: Roy Hodgson was named as England manager on a four-year contract on Tuesday afternoon
Hodgson, 64, began his career as a youth player at Crystal Palace but did not make an appearance for the first team.
He then played several years of non-league football including a stint with Carshalton Athletic, before working as a PE teacher at a school in Dulwich.
Hodgson started his coaching career at Swedish club Halmstad in 1976 and has experience as an international manager with Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland, losing only four of 30 qualifying ties with those countries.
He has considerable experience of domestic and European football, including spells with Blackburn Rovers and Italian giants Inter Milan.
The popular coach joined West-London side Fulham in December 2007, guiding them to their highest ever top-flight finish in 2008/09, and then to the Europa League final the following year.
But Hodgson's reputation was damaged following a difficult period in charge of Liverpool during which he won only seven of 20 Premier League games after taking over from Rafael Benitez in July 2010.
After leaving Anfield, Hodgson became West Brom boss and has guided the Baggies to mid-table this season.
The club has now given the FA permission to speak to Hodgson about the vacant England post.
In a statement on the FA's website, chairman David Bernstein said: "Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello's departure."