Hodgson must win over public to succeed as England boss, says Curbishley

FA confirm the West Brom boss is the only man they have approached for the position

Alan Curbishley believes that Roy Hodgson’s unsuccessful seven-month spell with Liverpool will dominate the public perception following news that he is to be interviewed for the England job, but has insisted that critics should instead focus on his achievements at Fulham and West Brom.

Despite Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp being widely believed to be the number one choice, the FA were given permission to talk to the 64-year-old on Sunday night in an attempt to fill the void left by Fabio Capello, who resigned in February, ahead of Euro 2012.

And Curbishley has insisted that Hodgson has the credentials to cope with the pressures of an international job following similar spells with Switzerland, UAE and Finland, but he would need to change the general public’s tainted opinion of him.

"I think if you look at Roy's CV, he's vastly experienced and I think most people's memories just go back to Liverpool" Curbishley told Sky Sports News.

"I think most people who looked at Roy's CV would understand why the FA are going down that route. He's well respected within the game, but I think the public perception is the Liverpool situation and perhaps the fact Harry was the people's favourite. He's got to overcome that."

Curbishley, who was interviewed for the England post following the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson, also went on to state that he believes Hodgson is the FA's number one choice as he suits the job description more so than Redknapp.

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"David Bernstein, the head of the Football Association, is looking for a certain type of manager I think and with the big move to St George's Park [the national football centre] coming up, it was a manager that was going to embrace all levels of the game and be involved on the coaching side" continued the former Charlton and West Ham manager.

"I think when it comes down to that then Roy Hodgson ticks most of the boxes.

"The job description probably suits Roy more than Harry. I think firstly the FA, once they got the vacancy, decided on a certain type of manager they were looking for and probably Roy ticks more boxes than Harry in that respect."

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