A quiet week at West Brom I'm sure you'll all agree. Not a lot has really happened, only that our head coach has become the new England Manager. Firstly, that is quite some honour for a side like ours and although I am gutted about losing Roy Hodgson, I'd like to wish him the best of luck in that role.
There has been a lot of stuff written about Hodgson in all forms of the media this week. A lot of the national press have rightly received criticism for the way they've reacted to the appointment of Roy who for me clearly had the best CV to the job even if he isn't as "charismatic" as the people's choice Harry Redknapp. The local media and various bloggers have gone some way to defending the choice of Hodgson, spelling out exactly why he is the right choice for the job.
I don't feel I have a lot to offer in terms of a different perspective on Roy and why he will be a good manager for England, thus I decided I'd go through some of my favourite moments of Hodgson's tenure at the Albion.
Stoke (A) 28/2/2011 In only his 2nd match, Roy Hodgson proved why I am merely a fan and he is now the England manager. Out of the wilderness he brought in Abdoulaye Meite, previously a figure of ridicule amongst Albion fans whilst he left Peter Odemwingie and Carlos Vela on the bench in favour of Marc Antoine Fortune up front by himself. Many fans questioned what exactly Hodgson was doing, but as it was Meite had a storming game at Centre Half and Vela came off the bench to grab the Baggies a point and nearly grab them all 3 at the end.
Liverpool (H) 2/4/2011 No matter what Roy may have said, there can be denying that he enjoyed Albion's first premier league victory(and first premier league goals) against his former employers almost as much as the Hawthorns faithful who within two months had brought into Hodgson's methods and given him levels of support he never had at Liverpool. Going 1-0 down, it looked as if the Liverpool fans would be gloating but two expertly dispatched penalties from Chris Brunt and some late, great defending gave Albion the win in one of their best and most rounded Premier League performances. What made this even better was that it pretty much secured top flight status for the Baggies.
Aston Villa (H) 30/4/2011 If the 2-1 victory over Liverpool was the revenge mission for Roy, defeating Aston Villa made up for decades of hurt for Baggies fans. Again going 1-0 nil down, this time with only 4 minutes gone, it looked as if it would be another afternoon of hurt. But the two key players of last season scored the vital goals, Peter Odemwingie equalising and Youssuff Mulumbu scoring the winner even after Paul Scharner was sent off.
Aston Villa (A) 22/10/2011 Is anyone sensing a recurring theme here? Hodgson broke yet another Albion hoodoo, and gave Albion fans yet more bragging rights over their local rivals, who it has certainly been nice to enjoy the upper hand over in our most recent encounters considering their dominance for such a long time. The villain of the piece in the previous match between the two, Paul Scharner, more than made up for his sending off by smashing in a superb volley to give The Baggies their first win at Villa Park since 1979.
Wolves (A) 12/2/2012 It is probably no coincedence that my favourite moments under Hodgson this season are away games such has been the form Albion have found themselves in on the road. They completed a derby day away double with to be frank, the utter humiliation of Wolves at their own ground. Albion dominated the match pretty much from start to finish, the 5-1 scoreline probably a couple of goals less than Albion should have scored. But we settled for 5, Peter Odemwingie grabbing 3 of them.
Liverpool (A) 22/4/2012 A good date for Baggies fans under Hodgson, and the Head Coach's 2nd win over his former employers in 3 games. It is fair to say Albion rode their luck at Anfield, Liverpool rattling the woodwork and pummeling Ben Foster's goal yet the only goal of the game came from Peter Odemwingie. A true backs to the wall performance, the players putting everything on the line for Hodgson in what must have been a great moment for him at a ground that had not given him many good times whilst he was in charge there.
Thank you for the memories Roy, let's create some more in these last two games!