Hodgson on verge of new deal

Roy Hodgson has revealed he has verbally agreed a new contract to stay on as Fulham manager.

The 60-year-old Englishman would have been out of contract at Craven Cottage next summer but has now reached agreement with club owner Mohamed Al Fayed over staying on following what he claims were straightforward talks.

"It wasn't a difficult discussion," Hodgson told the Evening Standard."We are basically in agreement and I've got to say it was very easy to come to that agreement.

"It seems that everyone is keen for me to stay and I've always made it perfectly clear that I'm happy to stay.

"I've never made any secret of the fact that I'm happy at Fulham and I'm enjoying the job here.

"It is just a matter now of putting the contract discussions that we have already had onto paper."

Hodgson took the managerial reins in December 2007 and is widely credited with breathing new life into the west London club.

The former Internazionale, Blackburn Rovers and Finland national team boss kept them in the Premier League in his first half season in the hot-seat, before landing a place in Europe last year via a seventh-placed finish.

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