England boss Hodgson admits he will need thicker skin

The Three Lions manager has revealed he will need to develop a tougher mentality if he is to be successful as Fabio Capello's predecessor at the Euro 2012 championships

England manager Roy Hodgson believes he will have to develop thicker skin to cope with the pressure of his new job.

Hodgson was officially appointed on Tuesday and within a day was the subject of some less than complimentary headlines in several national newspapers.

The West Brom boss knows he will have to win more than a few people over once he vacates his position at the Hawthorns and takes control of his first game in charge of the Three Lions.

But Hodgson, who will start his preparation for Euro 2012 with warm-up games against Norway and Belgium, admits he isn’t concerned by the criticism he may receive.

He told reporters: “Maybe I should develop a thick skin. I'm a football coach. That's been the whole of my life.

"Dealing with the mass media has been a part of that. I have not shied away from it and it hasn't bothered me. It's part of my duties.

"I get on with it and do a reasonable job. But my forte is coaching footballers and preparing, building and improving football teams.

"That's basically what the England manager's job is. If I'm going to be vulnerable in any area it might be that I don't have a thick enough skin.

"But I'd rather that than not have the wherewithal to do the job."

The former Liverpool boss is so sure of his own ability that he did not doubt for one second whether he was the man for the England job.

Hodgson added: “There was no element of doubt. I have been a candidate in the past and it's gone to other people.

"When this opportunity came around, even though I maybe should have considered these things, I haven't.

"I'm just delighted and pleased to have the opportunity to lead my country and help the team get success."

It has been speculated that Hodgson might meet up with his predecessor Fabio Capello to discuss how the squad can improve ahead of the summer tournament.

The England boss said: “It's a good idea. No doubt I will try and speak to him, if I can track him down, although it's not something I've had a chance to do yet."

Hodgson does not believe England’s lack of success on the international stage has anything to do with the young talent being produced on these shores.

He said: “That would be a very harsh criticism. The respect for English football is very high.

"Everyone, like ourselves, is surprised we haven't been able to capitalise on the talent we've produced.

"But it's going too far to say something's desperately wrong. You need a bit of luck in tournament football and we have not been blessed with it.

"Expectations do weigh heavily. The fear of failure. We have to be aware it's a factor in everything we do, so we have to take it into account when we prepare the team."

Hodgson’s current club West Brom still have two games remaining this season but he has admitted the role as England manager will be occupying his mind from now on.

He added: “It's going to be very difficult, as much as I accept it's what West Brom want and the FA have agreed to.

"It would be dishonest to say it'll be easy to put this out of my mind. That's human nature. I have to balance the two things and will do so to the best of my ability.

"But England and the tournament will be occupying a lot of my thoughts in the time ahead."