West Brom have given Roy Hodgson permission to talk to the Football Association about the England manager's job.
Hodgson has already had a conversation with FA chairman David Bernstein after West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace gave the go-ahead for talks with Albion's 64-year-old manager.
No approach has been made to Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who had been viewed as the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello.
Bernstein said: "I'm grateful to Jeremy and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with.
"Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello's departure.
"Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made."
Hodgson is out of contract in the summer - meaning the FA would not have to pay any costly compensation or become involved in any wrangling with the club.
That is in contrast to the situation at Spurs who would expect hefty compensation were the FA to approach them about Redknapp.
Hodgson has coached the Switzerland and Finland national teams with considerable success in the past. He has also been extraordinarily successful on limited resources at West Brom, for whom he signed an 18-month contract last February after a disappointing spell at Liverpool.
West Brom said in a statement: "The club are currently in negotiations with Roy about a new contract - his current deal ends on June 30 - and remain very keen to bring these talks to a successful conclusion.
"However, Roy has expressed a desire to explore this opportunity and, accordingly, the club have granted him permission to speak to the FA."
Peace added: "Roy has done a fantastic job over the past 15 months and the fact the FA want to discuss the England role with him is testament to that.
"Roy is a proud Englishman and we can understand why he wants to speak to the FA about this highly-prestigious managerial position.
"However, we have emphasised to Roy how much we would like him to remain as our head coach and continue his major contribution to our project at the Hawthorns as we look to establish ourselves as a Premier League club.
"Everyone here has an excellent working relationship with him and he is immensely popular with our supporters."
what do you think?
Sorry Roy, I dont think that will be a good appointment, He's a bit too old and hasn't really achieved much at managerial level! Just my opinion!!!
What had redknapp won apart from an fa cup against Cardiff, also took west ham and Southampton down, he's no football genius by the way, as opposed to Roy who has managed national teams and also the small matter of inter Milan!!
No no no, come on fa you know we all want harry.
lol,lol,lol,lol, is it April 1st again, he will be a disaster, the Irish,Welsh and Scotish FAs will be hoping he gets the job then they will have a chance of overtaking England in the international ratings, he will make Taylor look world class plus the s**m will be a gonner. Bring it on. Has for winnig anything at managerial level that is an understatement.
Sorry no disrespect to Roy but I think I would give up all together on the England football team if Harry did not get the job. What is wrong with the FA is this some kind of joke.
The FA are a bunch of muppets. We will be the laughing stock. I think the FA forgot to take their loopy pills.
nice man but not the right one for the job.
I also lol, lol, lol - the whole of the English press - newspapers, TV News, jingoistic journalists, fans with laptops, the lot o' them - had Harry Rednapp as coach; they 'knew' this. I bet those of Tottenham Hotspur will be absolutely delighted that the super-smug 'experts' got it wrong once more..... Wot an arrogant lot those snot-nosed news folk!
from the word go it was the peoples choice for harry rednapp to take control but as usual the fa bosses cannot see beyond the end of their noses.what may i ask has roy hodgson acheived in relation to harry sweet fa no offence to roy but come on give the job to the main man HR
I think you should learn a bit of football history, compare redknapp and hodgson, Roy wins hands down!!
maybe a few of the people on here should look at his record, and for one at least he is English, Harry was never going to get the job after the tax saga, and there is not many English managers with decent cv left.
Absolute joke. His head will be a turnip in the Sun within months
Oh dear! doesn't football debate bring out that is best about being English......allowing those with least knowledge make the most noise. Roy Hodgson is world repsected "coach" ....Harry Redknapp is a likeable but suspiciously lightweight "Manager" who has had a shadow of suspicion about his transfer dealings hanging over for a decade. He is the man who when acting as expert summariser during the last world cup and finding England falling foul of a tactically superior Germany, could not see past "giving Crouchy a go....perhaps". meanwhile the Germans continued to pass the ball around and through a ill- balanced and almost statuesque English midfield. I am a proud Englishman and have the sam ehopes as everyone when it comes to tournaments but please can we have an Englishman who is tactically capable and bright enough to solve the problems in real-time.....not the jolliest geezer! maybe the FA for all their faults have worked this out!!!
At last!!! Someone who can see past the chirpy cockney BS that redknapp is, if he can't turn a clubs fortunes around in 3 month what hope has he in 3 days in a world cup??
roy is a very nice guy and has done ok with a number of small clubs,however theres no way we must allow him to become manager of england.My son spoke to him a few years ago when he was manager of fulham and they were playing man utd he asked him if his team were going to win and his respone was no i dont think so,some may say thats being honest but think if we are to play spain whats he going to say no we wont win today its spain.Sorry but this man cannot be our next manager come on fa listen to the fans
Inter Milan..... Is that a small club??
Why are ppl saying no to roy? He managed Finland and got them there highest ever fifa ranking, and got Switzerland to into last 16 of world cup, whats hurry done won an fa cup with an average team that had 3 English players in now thats a perfect CV. Then he jumped ship and bought the players back on the cheap screwing you pompy fans over
I dont thinkHR ever had a chance he is just to dodgy,, lets hope the press give Hodgson a chance, you cant buy players to win things being national manager. All the managers linked to the this job in the last decade have been able to buy players from all over the world for there club. I hope Hodgson lets the players play the game they play at club level and not try to change them, IT DOES NOT WORK!! Good luck to him
Typical to form for the Football Assoctation, I am afraid that they are no doubt trying to bring back the DODO. I do not thnk any manager would want the job at the moment!! As for Roy Hodgson all his teams have shown no flair or invention and have been as exciting as the man is himself!!
Players hardly get any time to respond to a manager at national level so i would have gone for anyone the players would play for with passion not just respect for a nice guy like Roy Hodgson. Still think the FA cant see beyond the personality of a Sir Alf Ramsey type figure. We are not going to do that well so id rather have a more charismatic manager on the sideline than a steady eddie as we bow out the competition.
Thank god the FA have come to their senses at last. An English manager appointed AND the best man for the job. Harry Redknapp? Don't make me laugh. He's the Del Boy of football, takes a foreign tax account out in his dog's name (hahahahha), also illiterate by his own admission. Thank god we have avoided that muppet.
Just when you thought the FA could not let the country down any further!! They go and pull a stunt like this!! Roy Hodgson!! I mean, been sacked more times that the whole country's had hot meals. Don't think i'll be watching the Euro's now.
And you think Spiv Boy has a better track record? Shakes head.
Did they learn nothing when they failed to give Brian Clough the job against the sway of public opinion? Morons.