Former England boss Roy Hodgson mulling over return to management at Championship Norwich

Roy Hodgson is considering dropping into the Championship with Norwich to revive his managerial career after his England humiliation.

Hodgson, 70 in August , has not worked since quitting England in the wake of their embarrassing Euro 2016 exit to minnows Iceland.

He spoke to Leicester about their managerial vacancy but the Premier League champions opted to promote assistant Craig Shakespeare.

Now Hodgson is mulling over the chance to work for family friend Delia Smith at Carrow Road following Alex Neil’s sacking.

The Canaries, relegated from the top-flight last term, intended to speak to Gary Rowett but the ex-Birmingham boss is joining Derby.

Outgoing England manager Roy Hodgson arrives at the team hotel in Chantilly, France.
Hodgson has been out of work since being axed as England boss
(Photo: PA)
Neil was sacked by Norwich last week
(Photo: PA)

Another candidate, Mark Warburton, is in advanced talks with struggling Nottingham Forest about taking over at the City Ground.

Both Rowett and Warburton are expected to be confirmed in their new roles later this week.

Alan Pardew is keen on the Norwich vacancy but club officials are yet to be convinced he is the right man.

It leaves the door wide open for Hodgson, whose wife Sheila travelled with Smith and her husband Michael Wynn Jones, who are Norwich’s joint-majority shareholders, at Euro 2016.

Speaking in November, Smith blamed England’s woes on outgoing FA chairman Greg Dyke saying ahead of the Slovakia game that the team had to “do well” in France for Hodgson to get a new deal.

Delia Smith at the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Rotherham United at Carrow Road
Hodgson is a family friend of Delia Smith
(Photo: Getty)

Smith said: “Roy’s a really good guy. We believe in Roy. I don’t think he was treated very well.”

Rowett is set to be in charge for Derby’s clash at arch-rivals Nottingham Forest this weekend.

He has bounced back into work since being controversially sacked by Birmingham in December when they were seventh.

Blues have since slumped to 17th under successor Gianfranco Zola who could be the next Championship casualty if the club lose at home to Newcastle on Saturday.

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