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Hodgson joy at comeback

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

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