Is Roy Hodgson the right manager for Leicester City?

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The former Liverpool and England coach has been tipped as a contender to replace Claudio Ranieri, but what does his track record look like?

Roy Hodgson has been installed as one of the two favourites to replace Claudio Ranieri at Leicester City, which caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare the other main contender to lead the Foxes following the Italian's sacking.

Shakespeare did his cause no harm by guiding the defending Premier League champions to an impressive 3-1 victory over Liverpool on Monday night, but reports in the English media have claimed ex-England boss Hodgson will hold talks with the Leicester hierarchy.

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News of the apparent consideration of the 69-year-old has been met with a mixed reaction among fans, but would Hodgson be a good fit for the King Power Stadium hotseat?


What's Hodgson's history in the PL?


Team Date joined Date departed Games Wins Draws Losses Win %
Blackburn Rovers 01/06/97 21/11/98 62 22 18 22 35
Fulham 30/12/07 01/07/10 128 50 32 46 39
Liverpool 01/07/10 08/01/11 31 13 8 10 42
West Brom 11/02/11 13/05/12 54 20 13 21 37
England 14/05/12 27/06/16 56 33 15 8 59

Hodgson has enjoyed a long, varied career in management and has taken charge of four Premier League clubs in addition to holding the England national team job.

His first spell in the English top flight came back in 1997, when he took charge of Blackburn Rovers and guided them to a much-improved sixth-place finish that could have been even better if not for a collapse late in the campaign. Despite their poor finish, they qualified for the UEFA Cup.

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Unfortunately for Hodgson, the disappointing form continued into the 1998-99 season and he was sacked in November with the club rooted to the bottom of the table. Just a couple of months earlier, he had been a contender for both the Germany job following Berti Vogts' resignation.

That fall tainted Hodgson's reputation and he did not return to England until 2007 following spells with seven other clubs and countries, most notably Inter. The Croydon-born coach finally made his comeback in the Premier League with Fulham in 2007, where he enjoyed one of the best periods of his career.

Roy Hodgson Fulham

After pulling off a miraculous escape from relegation at the end of the 2007-08 season, Hodgson guided the Cottagers to their highest-ever finish (seventh) the following campaign and secured qualification for the Europa League. A year later, a lower league finish of 12th was more than made up for by a run to the Europa League final, where Fulham were cruelly beaten by Atletico Madrid in extra time.

Hodgson's excellent work at Craven Cottage earned him the Liverpool job in the summer of 2010, but things did not go so well at Anfield. The Reds signed poorly, with the likes of Paul Konchesky, Christian Poulsen, Joe Cole and Milan Jovanovic all struggling to make an impact, and Hodgson left the club in January with the club languishing in 12th.

He was back in work a month later at West Brom, who again proved more suited to his talents for organisation and defensive structure. They finished the season strongly to steer clear of relegation and finish in 11th place, the Baggies' best position in the Premier League era. They went one better, placing 10th, the following campaign before Hodgson was given the England job.


What are Hodgson's strengths?


Hodgson has repeatedly done an excellent job of stabilising clubs in trouble and guiding them to mid-table safety - and sometimes beyond. That would seemingly make him a good fit for Leicester's current predicament.

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Despite the reservations of some supporters regarding his supposedly negative style of play, it is also worth noting that the Foxes' remarkable Premier League title success last season was based more than anything else on their ability to keep clean sheets. That is a quality that has largely deserted them in 2016-17.

As a result of a career that has taken him from Sweden to the United Arab Emirates, Hodgson can be counted as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced managers in English football and has plenty of experience working with foreign players. He speaks five languages fluently.

Roy Hodgson England

Additionally, he is warm and well-regarded among his peers and would present the kind of public demeanour Leicester's owners have shown they look for. Nigel Pearson was sacked partially due to multiple instances of indiscipline on his own part as well as his son's involvement in the scandal that hit the club's pre-season tour to Thailand in 2015, and Ranieri was a complete departure in terms of personality.

The Italian proved hugely popular with the media and the wider public last season - so much so that there was uproar among pundits and neutrals when he was dismissed despite the Foxes' woes on the pitch.


What are Hodgson's weaknesses?


Hodgson has been criticised both with Liverpool and England for a lack of ambition in his tactics and team selection, and also a tendency to rely on safe, uninspiring players.

That has concerned many Leicester supporters, who believe Shakespeare has a better shot at nurturing Riyad Mahrez, the reigning PFA Player of the Year, and Jamie Vardy back into top form. With their defence leaking goals and N'Golo Kante's departure to Chelsea leaving a huge hole in the centre of midfield, Leicester may need to score regularly to get themselves out of trouble.

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There is also his age. Hodgson will be 70 by the start of next season and approaching the record for the oldest coach to take charge of a Premier League game, which is currently held by Sir Bobby Robson (71 years and 193 days). He is therefore unlikely to be a long-term solution beyond the 2017-18 season.

Roy Hodgson Liverpool

Despite their current league position, Leicester may also see an opportunity to appoint a high-profile manager while their incredible story remains fresh in the mind. Ex-Manchester City and Inter boss Roberto Mancini was initially linked and former Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink is one of the bookmakers' current favourites.

Hodgson has undoubted pedigree but would not generate as much excitement as many other possibilities - especially on the back of England's embarrassing defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.


Will Hodgson get the Leicester job?


According to the Leicester Mercury, Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is in no rush to make a move after a superb win over Liverpool and ahead of another crucial match against Hull City.

Since the links first emerged, it has been reported that it was actually Hodgson who reached out to Leicester about the job - meaning there has been no indication Srivaddhanaprabha is leaning towards appointing him.

The Mercury also adds that Srivaddhanaprabha has virtually no contact with English journalists and so any claims to have knowledge of his thinking are questionable.

After the game against Hull, Leicester have a 10-day break before they face Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie and it seems unlikely the club will throw a new manager into the fray for such a big match - so expect Shakespeare to continue for a while yet.

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