Footballing legend, Roy Hodgson, is the former England manager and professional player, who currently fronts Premier League sides. Having spent over five decades in the sporting spotlight, Hodgson is one of the most iconic football managers the sport has ever seen, and his success of managing sixteen teams across eight countries, proves he is unparalleled in leadership. An instantly recognisable figure in the industry, Hodgson has been pitch side for historical tournaments, and shares his first hand experiences as an entertaining, and captivating after dinner speaker.
A globally revered manager, Hodgson stepped into the role of England national team manager in 2012. Leading the squad to Euros 2012 and 2016, the 2014 World Cup and numerous other high profile matches, Hodgson’s straight talking style saw England reach their highest ever FIFA World Ranking, achieving 2nd position in 2013. Reaching similar unrivalled success with his other international teams, Hodgson’s career has seen him manage Switzerland to their best results in over 30 years, Finland to their highest ever FIFA World Ranking and received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2015 at the Pride of Sport.
Growing up, football was always the ambition for Hodgson, who competed in his school teams and showed dedication to the sport during his youth. Whilst his playing career never became as illustrious as his managerial success, Hodgson trained in the youth side with Crystal Palace, and in the senior team for Tonbridge, Gravesend & Northfleet and Maidstone United. Supporting himself through teaching jobs whilst he gained his coaching badge, Hodgson’s early experiences in player development, effective teamwork and grounded leadership, formed the foundations of his enviable managerial career.
Currently, Hodgson is in charge of Premier League side Crystal Palace where he has taken the reigns since 2017, leading them to secure their best ever total in a Premier League campaign, with 49 points in 2019. Esteemed internationally for his transformational impact on football teams, Hodgson has previously managed the likes of Inter Milan, Fulham and Malmo, where under his guidance the team achieved five consecutive League Championships. In 2010, he was named LMA Manager of the Yearfor his impressive contributions to the sport. An iconic figure in the sporting industry, Roy Hodgson’s celebrity status and undeniable career success, is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on your audience as an after dinner speaker.