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Danny Mills discusses the FA's decision to interview Roy Hodgson for the England post and Fernando Torres in his latest TEAMtalk column.

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Hodgson: Should give thumbs up to England offer

Hodgson: Should give thumbs up to England offer

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In this week's Mills and Boom column I give my views on Roy Hodgson's imminent appointment as England manager, and discuss how badly the whole affair has been handled by the FA.

I also welcome the return to form for Chelsea hat-trick hero Fernando Torres, who could well pay back a huge slice of his whopping transfer fee in the Champions League and FA Cup finals.

Give my latest offering a read and let me know your thoughts in the comments box below - Danny.

Redknapp snub a shock

The Roy Hodgson news was a shock to start with when the phones started to ring last night.

Harry Redknapp was the overwhelming favourite. He was the fans' choice, the players' choice, other managers' choice and to start with was my choice, but wasn't the FA's obviously.

When they say Hodgson is the only man to be approached by the FA, call me cynical or sceptical, but you cannot tell me that there have not been talks with Harry Redknapp, about if he would want to take the job or how much the compensation package is.

It is going to be difficult for Hodgson because the media are already against him, as Harry was the overwhelming favourite.

Undoubtedly Roy is a very good coach, very well organised, an intelligent guy, and has managed all over the world.

The only downside to Roy is that when he went to big club in Liverpool, he struggled to change the style of play, cope with big egos, and keep big players happy.

Also he is not overly media friendly, is a little bit monotone, and doesn't have the rapport with the media that Harry does. We all know that the media in this country can be absolutely viscious.

Poor handling from FA bigwigs

If only one man is interviewed for the job then there's a problem. Roy will say yes, and is going to take it.

The FA have dealt with this poorly. They should have come out and said straight away that Roy Hodgson was on shortlist, Harry wasn't in the running and they have spoken to West Brom.

At the moment, everyone was presuming that Harry was going to get the job, and go into Euro 2012.

We are still managerless, which has been difficult for the England players so close to the Euros. Also, some real influential players, such as Steven Gerrard, didn't get on with Hodgson.

But I do wish him all the best as he is a top coach and players that I played with speak highly of him.

He has worked for Switzerland, UAE, Finland against England, Blackburn, Fulham, has done a fantastic job at West Brom when he saved them last season, and also is out of contract, meaning there is no compensation for the FA to pay.

From the other side of the fence, he is not the media's choice, not the public's choice, and if results don't go well, which there is a massive chance they don't with no Wayne Rooney and the team in chaos, they'll turn on him.

There are new players, new ideas, new staff and management structure, and of course with no top striker it will be tough.

But Roy isn't massively outspoken, and certainly doesn't have the suitcases of baggage that Harry has. There won't be any media stories that come back bite the FA in the bum!

Roy needs a helping hand

It is a results-based business. If those first few results at the Euros don't go his way it will be very difficult for Hodgson.

There is also the John Terry and Rio Ferdinand situations. Big players with big egos. The FA need to back him completely.

If he is going to be appointed, then I think the FA should come out and take those decisons away. A new manager coming in and dropping big players, captains etc could bring criticism if results go wrong. The FA have to take responsibility and make decisions.

Harry Redknapp would have cost somewhere between £8-£15million, the money has to come from somewhere.

Looking at the bigger picture, you can see why the FA are doing it, but it'd be nice if they just came out and said that.

Pearce was never an option

Stuart Pearce was never a candidate in my eyes. He has the Olympic job to do, is still in charge of the Under-21s and has nowhere near enough experience of the role.

He hasn't managed top players with top egos. It is not the same managing the Under-21s, which is effectively the youth team.

Again, with the media, I am not sure that Stuart Pearce is the most affable or charismatic character to deal with the international media.

Torr de Force

Roberto Di Matteo has done a fantastic job since taking the reins for Chelsea.

He clearly came in and said to the players, 'you didn't like what AVB was doing, I'm only here on a temporary basis, so play your way and show me and the fans what you can do'.

Fernando Torres isn't a bad player. He got the goal against Barcelona, and suddenly he goes on to get a hat-trick. It's all to do with confidence.

Is he going to kick on now and maybe score the winner in the Champions League or FA Cup final? If he does, that will negate the huge transfer fee with all the financial gain that comes with winning the Champions League.

With all that's been said and written about him, this may well be the time for Fernando Torres to come good.

Confidence coming back

As a player you put so much pressure on yourself, and Torres will have been frustrated with himself more than anything else. He won't be too concerned with what is said in the media.

He often is guilty of trying too hard. It is all a feeling, and a confidence, and all of a sudden it seems some of that is coming back.

Have Your Say on Danny's opinions by using the Comments facility below. You can also listen to Danny on Sky Sports News Radio every Monday and Friday.

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