told to Jonathan Wilson. Roy Hodgson is grown at the school of former technical director of the FA Allen Wade, who introduced a new way of thinking about the game. Hodgson's philosophy is abt the same he learned under Wade, based on a number of principles which give you every part of the game as theorized. Wade first theorized the five principles of attacking and defending in football in the The F.A. Guide to Training and Coaching manual. The five attacking principles are penetration, support/depth, mobility, width and creativity/improvisation; the defensive principles are delay, depth, balance, concentration and composure/discipline/patience. Wade introduced the modern English football era favouring pressing, counter-attacks and direct passes. When Hodgson became manager of Swedish side of Halmstad in 1976, Swedish teams utilized a sweeper in a 5-men back line, favouring man--to-man coverage. Hodgson changed team's pattern, introducing Wade's concepts by switching to a 4-4-2 and using zonal marking: "On the first day of the season, 20 newspapers said Halmstads would go down. I’d qualified for my full coaching badge at 23 but that was my first season coaching adults. Halmstads had played a very different type of football to what I wanted, man-to-man across the field, with a libero. From the start it was: ‘Okay, you lads know nothing, this is what we’re going to do," he said. Hogdson likes the 4-4-2 pattern. So the England could have this look.
Pass and move are the keys of Hodgson's play style. He wants two central midfielders protecting the back four and two wings ready to attack the spaces. His team put emphasis on getting the ball into wide areas. But, above all, he likes the four-men back line that also give you, as he said, the option to get the full-backs forward when the chance happens. Every day in training is about team shape. He had success with this formation and method during latest stints. The only mess was at Liverpool, the club more similar to the England job about demands and intensity. But the work with West Brom and Fulham was amazing. With the WBA, Hodgson employed a 4-4-2 pattern with a lot of short passes and an average pass success of more than 75%. The question is if England’s players would follow Hodgson's instructions and if Hodgson will be able to work out with this type of egos on the dressing room.