Roy's Back! West Brom Unveil Hodgson

"We have appointed Roy Hodgson as the club's new head coach. The former Inter Milan, Switzerland, Fulham and Liverpool boss has committed himself to the club until June 2012" - West Bromwich Albion
Roy Hodgson has made a speedy return to football by accepting the West Bromwich Albion job. Just a month after leaving Liverpool, Hodgson has taken over from axed Roberto Di Matteo at the Hawthorns. A Baggies statement read, "West Bromwich Albion are delighted to announce they have appointed Roy Hodgson as the club's new head coach. The 63-year-old former Inter Milan, Switzerland, Fulham and Liverpool boss has this morning committed himself to the club until June 2012."

Hodgson was voted Manager of the Year by the League Managers' Association last season after guiding Fulham to the Europa League final. Michael Appleton, who was appointed caretaker head coach on Sunday after Roberto Di Matteo was relieved of his duties, will remain in charge for tomorrow's game against fellow strugglers West Ham. Last weekend's defeat to Manchester City left Albion only two points clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Hodgson's appointment comes just over a month after his departure from Anfield - and he will not have to wait long to face his former club, with Kenny Dalglish's Reds due at The Hawthorns on April 2. Although Liverpool's statement at the time said Hodgson's departure was by mutual consent there is no doubt the club's American owners pulled the trigger - especially as less than a fortnight ago earlier, the manager insisted he had no intention of resigning.

Former Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce ruled himself out of contention for the vacancy at The Hawthorns, but ex-Newcastle boss Chris Hughton had been widely tipped as a strong candidate while Steve McClaren, former Albion skipper Derek McInnes and ex-West Brom player Martin Jol were also linked with the role. Appleton - at 35 the youngest man ever to be put in charge of a Premier League team - had also spoken of his hopes of seizing the chance to earn himself the job on a permanent basis.

But Albion have instead opted to give Hodgson a swift return to top-flight management. The former Inter Milan and Switzerland boss's stock may have fallen due to his disappointing spell at Liverpool but he has proven himself in England before. He took over at Fulham in December 2007 and led the club to survival that season before a seventh-place finish in 2008/09 secured the Cottagers a place in Europe. An unlikely run to the Europa League final followed, where they were beaten by Atletico Madrid, with Hodgson leaving for Anfield soon after.

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