Olsson reveals Roy inspiration
West Brom defender explains the secret of Hodgson's success
Last Updated: June 4, 2012 3:49pm
Jonas Olsson: Has described former Baggies boss Roy Hodgson as an inspiration ahead of Euro 2012 clash
Sweden defender Jonas Olsson has praised England manager - and former boss - Roy Hodgson before they go head-to-head at Euro 2012.
Olsson won West Brom's Player of the Year award under Hodgson's tutelage at The Hawthorns last season.
The 29-year-old now faces the prospect of taking on a team led by his old manager, when Sweden face England in a Group D match at this summer's European Championship on June 15th.
And while Olsson will be determined to ensure he is the one celebrating, he has nothing but admiration for the man who guided the Baggies to two mid-table Premier League finishes.
"He's a top man," Olsson told the Birmingham Post. "I really enjoyed working with him on a professional level, and also a personal level, so I wish him all the best.
"What did he bring to Albion? Two things. One is, how well he organises teams, we've been a lot more solid under him.
"Second, he's brilliant when it comes to inspiring players. You can really see his desire to do well and that impacts on the players.
"It's unusual for an English manager to be that involved in everything at the club, and I really like that."