Manager Of The Year: Roy Hodgson

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Mens Harry Redknapp fortjent løb med jakkesættenes manager-pris på baggrund af Spurs’ præstationer i PL, blev Roy Hodgson her til aften valgt som “Årets Manager” af sine kollegaer i de engelske fodboldrækker (LMA – League Managers Association).

En flot gestus af Roys kollegaer og en absolut fortjent dedikation efter en sæson, der har budt på en en hæderlig 12. plads, kvartfinale i FA Cup’en og en sensationel Europa League finale-plads (samt måske en sejr?) med en trup uden deciderede stjerner.

Fulham er desuden klart det engelske hold, der har spillet flest kampe i denne sæson med et antal på hele 63, hvilket bare gør holdets og ikke mindst Roy Hodgsons præstation endnu mere imponerende.

LMA’s formand, Howard Wilkinson, udtalte følgende om prisen til Roy Hodgson:

“Since joining Fulham, Roy has transformed the club’s fortunes.

He initially saved them from the brink of relegation then took them to their highest ever league position last season. This year he has capitalised on that platform, achieving remarkable success in this season’s Europa League.

He is highly respected by the LMA members and also on an international level where he has worked his miracles in no fewer than seven countries. He is a great role model for all aspiring managers and coaches and is fully deserving of this recognition.”

Richard Bevan, LMA’s CEO tilføjede, at Hodgson fik et overvældende antal stemmer, og det rent faktiske var med den største margin i prisens historie, hvilket er helt enestående:

“Roy Hodgson received an overwhelming number of votes from the members and has won the LMA Manager of the Year Award sponsored by Barclays by the most significant margin in the history of the award.

He is highly respected within the game and held in the highest regard in the family of football. He freely gives up his time to help other coaches and managers develop and hone their skills and talents, regularly contributing to the LMA’s educational programmes.”

Hodgson selv var selvfølgelig dybt beæret over hæderen denne mandag aften:

“There’s no greater acknowledgement in football than an award that comes from people who are in the same profession as you and who are facing the same difficulties day after day as you.

When they look at the criteria and it’s the guy who makes the most out of the material he’s got, when they say it’s you, all you can do is humbly bow your head and thank them for the award.

It’s certainly the greatest award I’ve had in my career.”

Et stort tillykke skal lyde til Roy Hodgson her fra bloggen!

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