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Ex-Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson confident of West Brom support


Hodgson never doubted ability

New West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson believes he will receive the support he needs to give his side the best chance of avoiding relegation.

"Clubs which allow you to do the job properly and embrace your philosophies are very important. I believe West Brom are that sort of club," he said.

The Baggies are 17th in the Premier League table, having taken five points from their last eight league games.

The 63-year-old left Liverpool in January after six months at Anfield.

The club recruited Hodgson to replace Roberto di Matteo after relieving the Italian of his duties in the wake of a run of 13 defeats in 18 games.

1990-92: Neuchatel Xamax
1992-95: Switzerland
1995-97: Inter Milan
1997-98: Blackburn
1999: Inter Milan
1999-2000: Grasshopper
2000-01: FC Copenhagen
2001: Udinese
2001-04: United Arab Emirates
2004-05: Viking
2006-07: Finland
2007-10: Fulham
2010-11: Liverpool

Albion, promoted as Championship runners-up last season, had begun the campaign brightly, briefly moving into a top-four position with a win over Fulham in October.

Hodgson admits that it will be a test of his managerial skills to rediscover the Baggies' early form and pull clear of danger.

"I know I've taken on a very difficult challenge in the sense of not having much time and like other clubs we are in a difficult situation trying to retain status," he added.

"But that's our major focus for me and I hope we can achieve that, then try to get a stronger platform for next season in the Premier League."

Hodgson, voted manager of the year by the League Managers' Association after guiding Fulham to the 2010 Europa League final, has held 13 other jobs over the past 20 years including stints with Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers and Switzerland.

Although his most recent posting at Liverpool ended in failure, Kenny Dalglish, Hodgson's successor at Merseyside, admitted that everyone at the club could ask themselves "whether we could have done more to help Roy" .

Hodgson insists that he does not feel he has anything to prove.

"I think my 36 years, for those who care to study it, speaks for itself," he stated.

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"I do feel I've got a very important job on my hands.

"A lot of people are depending on me to help the club retain its Premier League status.

"I feel that pressure and responsibility but I don't feel I've got anything to prove.

"I don't think the Liverpool players, if you spoke to them, will think I had anything to prove either and I also have no self-doubt."

Hodgson watched from the stands as Albion squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with fellow strugglers West Ham on Saturday.

He takes up the reins from caretaker head coach Michael Appleton for Sunday's midday Black Country derby with bottom side Wolves.

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see also
West Brom 3-3 West Ham
12 Feb 11 |  Premier League
West Brom appoint Hodgson as boss
11 Feb 11 |  West Brom
West Brom dismiss boss Di Matteo
06 Feb 11 |  West Brom
Hodgson goes as Dalglish steps in
08 Jan 11 |  Liverpool

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