Hodgson expects contract talks

Last Updated : 08 Apr 2012 08:47

West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson expects to start talks over a new contract after the 3-0 home win over Blackburn virtually guaranteed Barclays Premier League survival.

But Hodgson, who is believed to be one of the candidates for the vacant England post, hinted that a get-out clause could be inserted in any new deal. Albion are 11 points clear of the bottom three after a Martin Olsson own goal and second-half efforts from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Liam Ridgewell sealed victory.

Hodgson, whose current deal runs out this summer, said: "Now things are safer I dare say Dan Ashworth (Albion technical director) will make contact with the man I use as an advisor. I dare say he will start discussing what potentially will happen with regards to myself."

He added: "I'm very comfortable with the situation. It's not a problem for me if it takes until the end of season or is sorted out before then."

When asked if he would sign before Fabio Capello's successor was appointed, Hodgson said: "The vacancy with England, as far as I'm concerned, has nothing to do with me basically. I'm obliged to answer questions occasionally like any other Englishman who happens to be working in football, but it has got nothing to do with me as far as I know.

"Would I sign a contract here before the England situation is sorted? Why not. It wouldn't matter. You could quite easily sign contracts and have clauses put in if someone else wants you, or you can have compensation terms agreed. You don't have to wait and not do something until another situation is settled. There is no reason for me to do that."

Hodgson admitted the win over Rovers was crucial after Albion had collected only a single point from their last four games. And he felt a double save from Ben Foster to deny Ayegbeni Yakubu and Bradley Orr, when Albion were winning 1-0, was vital.

Hodgson said: "It was a nervous occasion because after a bad March we've seen that security margin slip away. The Foster double save was the game changer. After a good start we started to play nervously and they played with great confidence. The 3-0 scoreline makes the game look more comfortable than it was."

Blackburn boss Steve Kean is refusing to give up hope of staying up despite a third successive defeat. Kean also confirmed Rovers will appeal against substitute Anthony Modeste's red card for violent conduct after he had kicked out at Albion defender Billy Jones.

He said: "I've always said there will be lots of twists and turns in the battle to stay up, but we've got to look at ourselves in the first half of this game. We were slow, had no intensity or momentum in the game. The second half was much better for 25 minutes and then we finished the game poorly."

Source: PA