Roy Hodgson on the cusp of returning to the dugout with Leicester City

by Jack Kitson / 03 March 2017, 09:55

Roy Hodgson is set to return to management with defending Premier League champions Leicester City.

This is not a joke.

Imagine your face if someone told you that back in May.

Last week the Foxes ruthlessly axed their title winning manager Claudio Ranieri, and they’ve since been linked with the likes of former boss Nigel Pearson, ex Chelsea gaffer Guus Hiddink, and Roberto Mancini.

Caretaker Craig Shakespeare has also been in the mix after leading the club to a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Liverpool earlier in the week.

Hodgson has been in the wilderness since leaving England back in the summer following their humiliating Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.

The experienced boss, who has dipped in and out of the managerial arena since the 1970s, can now be found as short as 1/5 in the betting, having previously been out at 12/1 earlier in the week.

Hodgson has held four spells in the Premier League with Blackburn, West Brom, Fulham and Liverpool, however he's more recently known for becoming the latest manager to flop in charge of the England national team.

In his first tournament at the helm Hodgson’s England were completely outplayed by Italy before inevitably losing on penalties at Euro 2012.

Two years later The Three Lions were dumped out of the 2014 World Cup in the group stages, and last summer they hit a nadir after losing to minnows Iceland in the knockout-stages of Euro 2016.

Is Hodgson the name supporters craved?

Extremely unlikely, but the reality of the situation is that he could now be heading to the King Power.

Leicester are currently dangling two points above the relegation zone in 15th following a rotten run that has seen the club register one win from their last seven league games, although that single victory did come after the sacking of Ranieri.

Next up is a crunch clash with relegation rivals Hull on Saturday, followed by a Champions League showdown with Sevilla 10 days later.

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