Roy Hodgson has admitted that he would like to finish his managerial career at Fulham.
Hodgson has had a distinguished continental career but remained somewhat unfancied by English clubs after he was sacked by Blackburn in 2001. An impressive spell at Bristol City might also have been held against him although all doubts about his suitability in the domestic game must have been banished by the manner in which he has built on Fulham’s unlikely escape last season.
Hodgson’s success in Europe is no less significant. He took Inter Milan to the UEFA Cup in 1996-97 and was credited by Paul Ince with saving his career when he restored the former England captain to his midfield at the San Siro. His five managerial jobs in Scandinavia were full of success which accounts for the high esteem with which he has held in the region and he was a distinguished international record too. Hodgson guided Switzerland to the second round of the World Cup in 1994 and through the qualifying rounds to reach Euro ’96 and, in his last job before joining Fulham, narrowly missed out on Euro 2008 with outsiders Finland.
Hodgson has now hinted that would like to finish his career at Craven Cottage. He said:
I would be quite happy to extend my contract. Fulham has more than matched my expectations and the club matches my ambitions. I don’t dream of bigger and better things as I think I have a very good thing at the moment.
For me the situation I find myself in at the moment is as optimum a situation as I could wish for. I have never contemplated retirement and I really do enjoy the day-to-day work, the day-to-day coaching.
I would like to keep going and if we as a team are good enough to keep going then I am more than happy where I am.