Roy Hodgson takes charge of youthful West Brom training at St George's Park
Roy Hodgson has been spotted putting a young West Brom side through their paces at St George’s Park on Thursday afternoon.
The 74-year-old, who left Crystal Palace during the summer after nearly four years at Selhurst Park, is currently out of work, but looks to be keeping himself busy, as UEFA A licensed coach Gerard Jones shared via his personal Twitter profile on Thursday afternoon.
“About to start first practice with Roy and Ray [Lewington] working with West Brom’s players,” Jones wrote.
The image posted shows Hodgson, who spent just over a year as Baggies boss between 2011-2012, standing alongside long-time assistant coach Lewington, who appeared to be speaking to the young crop of players on show.
The duo were present at St George’s Park for a ‘Technical Performance Clinic’, though it is unknown what age level the West Brom players were from.
Back coaching the Baggies
It’s not quite the first team, and he wasn’t patrolling The Hawthorns dugout, but Hodgson was once again lending his expertise to West Brom players.
Hodgson, who left West Brom for the England national team job prior to Euro 2020, enjoyed a productive spell in charge of Albion nearly a decade ago.
He easily led them to Premier League safety during the 2010/11 campaign after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in February 2011, taking the Baggies from 17th to 11th in the space of a few months.
In his first and only full season as manager he secured tenth place, West Brom’s highest top-flight finish since 1981.
Indeed, he was even linked with a return to West Brom earlier in the summer as Sam Allardyce’s successor.
That never transpired, but he’s still weaving his magic on the club in another way.
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