Appleton - Roy is ideal
Former Baggies assistant backs Hodgson for England job
Last Updated: April 30, 2012 3:27pm
Michael Appleton: Backing Roy Hodgson as the right man for the England job
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton believes Roy Hodgson will make an ideal new England manager.
Hodgson is the Football Association's preferred choice to succeed Fabio Capello and they made an approach for his services over the weekend.
The experienced manager is holding talks with the FA on Monday and it seems he will take charge of England for this summer's Euro 2012 finals.
Appleton, who worked with Hodgson as his assistant for two years prior to moving to Portsmouth last November, is a big admirer of the 64-year-old and feels he has all the right qualities to be a successful England manager.
"I think he will make a very good England manager," Appleton told Sky Sports News. "He's had the experience from working as a national coach before working in the UAE, the Swiss side and the Finland team as well
"He certainly knows all the players, he has worked with the majority of players or if not with them then he has certainly worked against them with his teams over in England.
"I think he is obviously at the right age in terms of the end of his career, in terms of working with teams and management from day-to-day.
"I think he will be ideal.
"He's very organised. From a training point of view he is a very, very good coach, more importantly he likes to be out on the field.
"And from a motivational point of view he's got that mixture. He knows when to be serious and when to have a little bit of humour and that was probably one of the biggest things that really impressed me that when he did his team talks.
"His timing was very good and I think that only comes from the amount of experience he has had in the game."