FAI chief executive reveals Hodgson was approached for Ireland job in 2007

The England manager-in-waiting was in the running to take over the Boys in Green before opting for Fulham and leading them to a Europa League final
Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has revealed that Roy Hodgson was in contention to become the Republic of Ireland manager back in 2007.

The prospective England coach was sounded out by Don Givens, who was assisting the FAI in its search for a successor to Steve Staunton. However, the veteran tactician took over at Fulham and Giovanni Trapattoni took up the position instead.

"Don Givens met with him," said Delaney when quizzed about Hodgson at the launch of Drinkaware’s guide to surviving Euro 2012.

"He has a good international record and Don certainly met with him at one stage. I think he got a job quickly with Fulham and he rang to say ‘I’ve got a job’ and that was the end of that. He ended it at that particular juncture after Don had interviewed him to say he’d got a job that Christmas," reports the Irish Examiner

Hodgson is widely expected to take up the post with the Three Lions after being interviewed by the Football Association on Monday. Delaney says he understands exactly what the FA is going through after his own high profile appointments in the past of Staunton and Trapattoni.

"I’ve been through that. It’s a very difficult thing to appoint a manager," said Delaney.

He added: "The pressure cooker of appointing a manager to the England team... it’s a lot of pressure here, we’ve seen that. We’ve had difficult times, and good times, it’s a difficult thing. I wish the FA the best of luck because the minute you appoint a manager, you become responsible for the results."

Hodgson's appointment as the successor to Fabio Capello is expected to be confirmed by the FA on Tuesday.

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