Hodgson’s experience at the helm of the Hornets could be vital having taken 22 jobs across his career, especially having done solid jobs at the likes of Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and in his second role in England’s top-flight back in the 2007/08 campaign with Fulham.
The Cottagers were two points from safety in late December 2007 and had won just two Premier League games all season at the time he took charge, but, things didn’t immediately get better, as he managed just nine points from his first 13 matches, before going on a sensational run in the last five league fixtures of the campaign, scoring 12 points, completing the great escape.
The 74-year-old left Fulham at the end of the 2009/10 season having stabilised the Craven Cottage club’s position in England’s top-flight and shortly after their UEFA Cup final loss to Atletico Madrid to manage Liverpool, before being sacked by the Anfield club after just six months, however, it didn’t take long for him to find a new job.
Just one month after his exit from Anfield, Hodgson took the reins at West Brom, finding the Baggies above the relegation zone on goal difference in mid-February 2011, following the end of Roberto Di Matteo’s reign which had seen them lose 13 of their last 18 matches under the former Chelsea coach.
Despite the Hawthorns’ clubs position looking bleak in the table, Hodgson inspired them to five wins and five draws from their remaining 12 matches, overseeing a steady rise to 11th in the table, their highest position in the top-flight for nearly 30 years. Like Fulham, he consolidated the Baggies place in the Premier League and left the club for the England job for their Euro 2012 campaign.
Following England’s failure at Euro 2016, Hodgson found himself back in club management at the start of the 2017/18 season, taking over his boyhood club Crystal Palace. At the start of that season, the Eagles had been managed by Frank De Boer who had lost his first four league matches in charge, without seeing his side score a single goal.
Hodgson took over and lost his first three fixtures in charge, meaning that Palace didn’t have a point to their name from seven matches, no team had survived in the Premier League from this position, however, yet again, the 74-year-old former Inter Milan coach lead the Selhurst Park club to an 11th place finish and gave them a steady platform for progression when he eventually left at the end of last season, which Patrick Vieira has built from.