Roy Hodgson turned down the chance to potentially become the new West Bromwich Albion manager this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that a West Brom source has revealed to them that the 73-year-old rejected the advances of the Baggies hierarchy regarding a potential return to The Hawthorns.
Seemingly as a result of Hodgson’s decision, West Brom have reportedly now turned their attention to the former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner, who looks set to become Sam Allardyce’s successor at the Championship club.
While it is undeniable that Hodgson has enjoyed a highly successful career in football management, the fact the veteran gaffer turned down a move to the Baggies could be something of a blessing in disguise for the club.
Indeed, over his 45-year managerial career, the 73-year-old has managed some massive football teams, including the likes of Inter Milan, Liverpool, Switzerland and England, as well as winning the Sweedish Championship with both Halmstads BK and Malmo FF, in addition to lifting the Danish Championship with FC Copenhagen.
However, in his most recent job at Crystal Palace, Hodgson often found his style of play criticised, with there being a feeling amongst Palace fans that his football was boring at times, while others felt that he had failed to roll with the times at Selhurst Park, and this has side were merely treading water in the league rather than making any real progress.
As such, with West Brom having the opportunity this summer to build a youthful and exciting side that is not only capable of promotion back to the Premier League but also has the ability to stay there, the argument could easily be made that a manager with these particular criticisms may not be the best candidate for the job.
So, while Hodgson could well have been a decent short term appointment for the Baggies, the fact he turned down the job could well be something of a blessing in disguise for the long term future of West Brom.