ALAN Pardew has wished “outstanding candidate” Roy Hodgson all the best if he gets the England job.
The Newcastle boss was surprised to be informed that Football Association sources are briefing that the job is Hodgson’s. He had presumed that bookies favourite Harry Redknapp would also get an interview.
But it looks as though the post will be filled by the outgoing West Brom manager in time for a tilt at the Euros this summer.
As a leading member of the League Managers Association Pardew is delighted to see an English manager get the opportunity to take charge of the Three Lions.
And despite his “surprise” that Hodgson has edged in front of Redknapp, Pardew is sure that the veteran boss will do an excellent job.
“I was slightly surprised, but within the game I don't think there's going to be any doubt that he can do a great job for England,” he said.
“You never know until you actually get into the position, but he has all the credentials to be an England manager.
“I'll certainly be willing him on as an England fan and hoping that coming in late, he has a big impact on the squad for the Euros. That can sometimes happen, as Roberto Di Matteo has proved at Chelsea.”
After leading United into Europe Pardew had been mentioned as a potential candidate but thinks it is a job for an older manager.
He said: “I think it's a job that carries a certain pressure and responsibility that perhaps only an older manager can do.”