Roy Hodgson is a talented English football manager and former player. The former manager of the England national team, Hodgson is currently the manager of Premier League team, Crystal Palace. A widely respected figure in football and in particular management, Hodgson has managed over 20 different teams in eight countries. An incredibly intelligent and talented figure, Hodgson speaks five languages and has worked as a television pundit in several of the countries in which he has coached as well as being an incredibly popular and sought after football speaker.
Roy Hodgson played for over seven teams during his senior career which allowed him to gain tremendous experience. A successful prospect as a youth player, Roy Hodgson went on to play for a number of teams including Crystal Palace and Maidstone United. Hodgson played football at a professional level for 13 years providing him with incredible knowledge of the sport. Early on in his playing career, Hodgson identified his strengths and interest were in management and he completed coaching courses along with working as an assistant manager at teams alongside playing.
Roy Hodgson has an incredible reputation as a manager, renowned and revered for his unique ability to take clubs to the next level, Hodgson has managed over 20 teams including Premier League teams such as Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion. Roy has also garnered a wealth of experience in management at International level having managed nations including Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and of course England.
Hodgson started his managerial career in 1976 at Allsvenskan side, Halmstads BK. Spending five years in charge at Halmstad, Hodgson led the club to winning the League Championship in 1976 and 1979. His success with Halmstad in 1976 is considered one of the biggest surprises of all time in Swedish football as in the previous season, Halmstad had struggled against relegation, surviving only on goal difference and before Hodgson’s first season in charge began they were almost universally tipped for relegation. Hodgson himself says that "my greatest achievement would have to be the water-into-wine job at Halmstads BK." His first tenure as a manager set out the path for an incredibly successful management career and was a sign of things to come, Hodgson still affectionately talks of his experiences with Halmstads fondly reminiscing on his memories and early glory.
Roy has the job of motivating players to play to the best of their ability at all times and is incredibly effective at doing so. In 2010, Hodgson had the task of taking Fulham FC, a not so talented team to the UEFA Europa League resulting in being runners up which was highly unexpected. This proved Roy’s incredible ability to motivate and teach his players, raising them to the next level.
Voted LMA manager of the Year in 2010 for the spectacular transformation of Fulham FC. Roy Hodgson has successfully managed England for 3 years between 2013-2016, possibly the highest honour for a manager and this unique experience and honour is something Roy discusses in his performances as a football speaker. Hodgson has served on UEFA and FIFA board while maintaining the ability to speak multiple languages which benefits the interaction between international clubs.
Having had the experience of managing giant clubs like Inter Milan and Liverpool FC, Hodgson has the knowledge of what it takes to succeed at the highest level and what it take to manage expectations and personalities in order to flourish as an organisation. A prolifically decorated manager, Hodgson led Malmo to a staggering 7 trophies in just 4 seasons along with managing a number of International teams including Finland which yielded Hodgson being rewarded with the Knight, First Class of the Order of the Lion of Finland in 2012. In 2013, Hodgson along with Rio Ferdinand was appointed to the Football Association's Commission to improve the state of the national game.
The current manager of Premier League side Crystal Palace along with having a host of knowledge and experience of both domestic, global and International management makes Roy Hodgson a phenomenal football speaker. A host of tales and anecdotes to share in an incredibly charming and captivating manner, Roy Hodgson is available to hire for any event as a football speaker and is certain to be a fantastic addition.