A journeyman in football management, Roy Hodgson encompasses all that is right with the gaffer on the touchline. Well-versed in five languages -- Italian, German, Norwegian, Swedish and of course, English -- the 66-year-old is likeable, knowledgeable and seemingly meek. He faces a thorough examination by Mike Carson is his book The Manager - inside the minds of football's greatest leaders.
Hodgson's chapter, titled 'A Piece of the Action' appears just after the preface and captures the manager's successes, failures and moods without hyperbole. Since his initiation into coaching in his 20s, Hodgson recognized the global scale of football. In a career spreading four decades, Hodgson began in earnest in Sweden where he is widely credited with revolutionizing the game after stints at Halmstads BK, Orebro SK and most memorably, Malmo.
Hodgson famously took Malmo to a European Cup triumph over giants Inter Milan. At this point, the English manager was more respected on the continent that in his own country. His greatest achievement in club football, however, came at Fulham, where he saved the side relegation from the English Premier League and guided them to a Europa League final two years later. Finally, he was recognized by his peers, when he was named the League Managers Association Manager of the Year.