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Hodgson gets top job as England supremo

Roy Hodgson has this afternoon been appointed by The Football Association as the new England Manager.

Roy will remain in his current post as Head Coach of West Bromwich Albion for the final two games of the season before officially taking charge of the national team on May 14, having agreed a four-year deal.

Roy's Hawthorns contract runs out on June 30 but the Club have agreed to release him after the final game of the season against Arsenal to allow him to prepare in earnest for Euro 2012.

The Club granted him permission to discuss the England role after he expressed a desire to explore the opportunity following The FA's official approach on Sunday afternoon.

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: "Roy's appointment as England Manager is obviously disappointing news for the Club as we would have liked him to sign a new contract, which was in the process of negotiation, and remain as our Head Coach.

"But we understand Roy's desire to take the England job and he will leave us after the Arsenal game on May 13 with our best wishes.

"Of course, with Euro 2012 around the corner, we appreciate that some of Roy's focus over the next 12 days will be on England matters.

"But we are delighted he will be seeing the season out with us.

"With the help of the coaching staff, he will prepare the team in his usual, meticulous manner as we finish what has already been a successful season.

"The Board will now concentrate on the important task of appointing a new Head Coach to continue our project as we prepare for a third successive season in the Barclays Premier League.

"We did not want Roy to leave and he will be a tough act to follow.

"But I want to reassure our supporters that we will do everything possible to identify and appoint the right Head Coach for this Football Club.

"I would also like to thank the FA Chairman, David Bernstein, for the sensitive and professional manner in which he has liaised with me in bringing about Roy's appointment.

"Everyone here would like to wish Roy, The FA and England all the best for Euro 2012 and beyond."

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