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Hodgson joy at comeback

Published 12/02/2011 | 05:00

New West Brom manager Roy Hodgson admits he never intended to return to management so quickly after being sacked by Liverpool last month.

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Hodgson has joined the Baggies on an 18-month contract until the summer of 2012 as the successor to Roberto Di Matteo.

He'll watch today's home game with West Ham from the stands, with first-team coach Michael Appleton taking charge. Hodgson will be at the helm for the first time for the derby clash with Wolves at the Hawthorns next weekend.

He said: "It was not my intention to return this quickly. But I was so impressed by the way the chairman (Jeremy Peace) and the sporting and technical director (Dan Ashworth) sold the project that I was happy to accept the offer."

Elsewhere, Ireland U21 international Conor Clifford has signed for Notts County on a one-month loan deal from Chelsea. Clifford impressed during an eight-game loan spell at Plymouth earlier this season.

Irish Independent

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