England manager gets honorary degree

England football boss Roy Hodgson gets honorary degree

  • 22 January 2016
  • From the section England
Roy Hodgson getting an honorary degreeImage copyright PA
Image caption England manager Roy Hodgson said he would ‘treasure’ his honorary degree

England football manager Roy Hodgson has been given an honorary degree to mark 40 years of dedication to the sport.

The 68-year-old was made a doctor by the University of York at a ceremony earlier.

He was described by the student union as an “ambassador of the sport” and an “inspirational leader”.

Hodgson said he would “treasure” the award, which was presented to him by deputy vice-chancellor, Saul Tendler.

‘Believe in yourself’

He attributed his career success to having the courage to take chances.

He told his university audience: “If there’s one thing I would say to you, and it’s something we try to preach to our football players, have no fear.

“You have got to believe in yourself.”

Hodgson was appointed England manager in 2012 and has led them to two major finals.

After a low-key playing career, he started managing at Swedish side Halmstad in 1976 and since taken charge at clubs in Italy, Denmark, Switzerland and England.

He has managed in the premier League with: Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

His international career saw him guide Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup finals and he has also been in charge of UAE and Finland.

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