The Finnish Football Association has reported on its website that the head coach of the Finnish national team Roy Hodgson will not be extending his contract, which runs out today. This means Hodgson will not be guiding Finland into the World Cup qualifying matches next autumn.
The Finnish FA had hoped to secure Hodgson’s continued services, after he had led the team close to qualification for the Euro 2008 finals.The British-born coach, who took over officially from the beginning of 2006, will now be seeking challenges elsewhere.
The search for a new coach will begin immediately, under the direction of FA President Pekka Hämäläinen.
Hodgson will also take part in the selection process. The Finnish FA are to make a statement with further details on this matter later today, Friday. At the Finnish FA press briefing on Friday afternoon it was announced that Roy Hodgson would be joining the managerial staff of Inter Milan (Internazionale) in an as yet undisclosed role.
Hodgson coached Internazionale on two occasions in the past, from 1995-97 (when he took them to the final of the UEFA Cup: they lost to Schalke of Germany in a penalty shootout) and again briefly in 1999, before he left to take charge of the Swiss national squad.
The latest announcement will presumably put to bed speculation that Hodgson might be in the frame for the Ireland, Scotland, or even England managerial positions that have recently become vacant.
The Finnish FA hope to find a replacement by the end of January.
Posted on 30 November, 2007 by Egan