Sir Alex - Roy right for job

United manager says Hodgson has all the assets to succeed

Sir Alex Ferguson: United manager backs FA decision to appoint Roy Hodgson

Sir Alex Ferguson has given his backing to Roy Hodgson, despite being surprised the FA did not opt for Harry Redknapp.

The Manchester United manager believes it is unusual for the media not to get their man, but says the West Brom boss is well qualified to lead his country.

Hodgson was confirmed as the new England manager on Tuesday and has been handed a four-year contract.

Ferguson said: "Roy has fantastic experience. He is a good man and has the right profile for the job in every respect.

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"You can't beat experience. I have always said that for that England job you need to be in your 60s.

"You need to go into it with all the experience behind you in the sense of do you really need club football when, at that age, you could be managing your national team.

"I always said Jock Stein was the perfect age for managing Scotland. He had all that experience of managing Celtic and Roy has that experience behind him. I hope he does well."

"The surprise for me was that for the first time I can remember, the FA didn't bend to the press."