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Sounds even more unlikely than Alex Neil seemed at the time. At least he had a success story from Hamilton to back him up.

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If, in the new structure the Director of Football is overall chief, I can''t see a problem in appointing a younger manager who seems to have potential.

Whether Hudson has this, I have no idea, I just want the club to begin to sort out of the mess - only one first team left back, too many "pensioner" players picking up a nice income with little prospect of playing, a reliable goalkeeper and two or three adequate central defenders.

A new manager might be able to do all this in time, but we do not have time, with the parachute money running out soon.

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from a New Zealander, he hasn''t been too impressive yet. Shows

potential, but always picks joke players ahead of others (many

second-rate teenagers) and instead of winning on penalties vs Papua New

Guinea in the OFC cup, we should have put at least 4 or 5 past them."

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I really hope this is a made up story. According to the report he is on a short list with Hodgson, Pardew, Pearson and Irvine. What an appalling selection! mind you it''s fully in line with our BOD''s usual efforts.

It will probably be Irvine who will trot out the politician''s line about not wanting the job but was persuaded it was his duty to accept it.

The more this drags on the more I despair for our club.

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Hudson has a massive reputation amongst coaches globally. See as a star of the future he has done all the Licences etc in record time.

Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers have both spoken about how good a coach he is and will go onto the top in time.

I doubt him and Hodgson are on a list together as I am 99% sure if Norwich are looking at Hudson, it is on Roy''s recommendation (his previous two recommendations to Norwich have been McNally and Tettey, so not a bad track record).

Hudson would be a fine choice if working with someone experienced in recruitment as this is only area he would be lacking in knowledge.

Wagner at Huddesfield had never managed a first team before going there, and that hasn''t worked out too bad for them in the long run.

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[quote user="Bethnal Yellow and Green"]Hudson would be a fine choice if working with someone experienced in recruitment as this is only area he would be lacking in knowledge.[/quote]Hudson and Moss would be an ideal pairing, I wonder......

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Moss''s connection to Rodgers also makes you wonder if he is already having input in recommending Hudson.

This is of course all speculation - Hudson was also linked to the Derby job and it turned out there was no truth in that. He might just have an over active agent.

Most of the other names in the Sun''s list are nonsense.

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Well there is a story on pinkun saying Hodgson might be advising Norwich in there next manager appointment.

Now a poster says Hodgson has been speaking highly of him etc.

You never know.

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[quote user="Crafty Canary"]The more this drags on the more I despair for our club.[/quote]Poor Crafty. You''ve been in despair ever since you discovered those burning effigies were too damp to ignite. [:S]

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From a coaching viewpoint, interesting reading. I do think we''d need an experienced, respected ''Sporting Director'' alongside him. Would be a big gamble though.

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Hmmm... I''m a little more interested having heard what BYG has to say. FWIW, his Wikipedia page makes a good case too. Would still be a massive gamble though. From Wikipedia:

Playing career

As a player, Hudson started in the youth system at Premier League club West Ham United, and later had a spell at Luton Town. In 2001, he moved to Dutch First Division team NEC Nijmegen.[5] He then moved to American lower division club Wilmington Hammerheads in 2006, ultimately appearing in 10 league games.

Coaching career

United States

In 2005, Hudson became player-assistant head coach of USL Second Division team Wilmington Hammerheads, having spent the previous two years working as an academy coach at AC Diablos SC.

In October 2008 he was selected as Real Maryland Monarchs head coach at the age of 27.[5]

One of the youngest to have obtained the UEFA Pro Licence, and having

studied with the English Football Association, Hudson also became the

youngest manager (head coach) in the U.S. In his very first season as

manager he led the club, which had the worst record and finished bottom

of the table in 2008, to the quarter-finals of the 2009 Playoffs.[6] Hudson was also nominated for the 2009 Coach of the Year Award.[7]

United Kingdom

After leaving Real Maryland following the 2010 season, Hudson returned to the United Kingdom and began coaching under the guidance of Harry Redknapp at Tottenham Hotspur.[8][9][10]

On 1 April 2011, Hudson, aged 30, was appointed manager of Conference Premier club Newport County.[8] He arrived with a "glittering reference"[11] from Redknapp, who likened him to "a young José Mourinho".[12][13] A decent run-in to the 2010–11 season saw Newport County finish ninth in the league.[14] In July 2011, Hudson was working towards the UEFA Pro Licence with the English Football Association.[15]


Hudson (centre) winning U23 Gulf Cup of Nations as Bahrain manager

In December 2011, Hudson was appointed manager of the Bahrain under-23 team.[16] He was brought in to coach the national under-23 and Olympic team by Peter Taylor, national team coach of Bahrain senior team.

Hudson became the youngest coach to earn the UEFA Pro Licence, the

highest coaching award in the game, in 2012 after help along the way

from Fabio Capello, Brendan Rodgers, Malky Mackay and Harry Redknapp.[17]

He led Bahrain to the final of the 2012 GCC tournament, eventually

losing to Saudi Arabia, hence finishing as runner-up. This was Bahrain''s

highest ever finish at this age group, having never reached above 5th

place in the gulf.[18]

Hudson then worked under Argentinian coach Gabriel Calderon after Peter

Taylor''s exit. In June 2013 Hudson signed a two-year extension by the

Bahrain Football Federation.[19]

In between tournaments in Bahrain, Hudson spent time studying with Real

Madrid and Jose Mourinho, and later with Marcelo Bielsa at Athletic

Club de Bilbao.[20]

On 13 August 2013 Hudson was appointed manager of Bahrain.[21] In October 2013 Hudson was listed as a potential candidate as coach of Denmark.[22] Before taking on his new job as head of the senior team, Hudson made history by leading the Bahrain U23 team to their first title at the U23 Gulf Cup of Nations, beating Saudi Arabia in the final.[23]

This was the first official gold medal the Bahrain national team have

won in their history. In November 2013 Hudson led the national team to

qualification for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia. In January 2014 he

led Bahrain to their highest finish at the West Asian tournament,

beating Kuwait for the bronze medal.[24] Hudson was offered a new two-year contract as coach of national team in February 2014.[25]

New Zealand All Whites

In August 2014, Hudson was appointed manager of the New Zealand national football team.[26][27]

After resigning from his position with Bahrain, Hudson has relocated to

New Zealand for the full-time role which also includes responsibilities

in overseeing the programme of the country''s age-group representative

sides.[28] Both New Zealand national under-20 football team and New Zealand national under-17 football team made history by making into knockout stages of their respective World Cups in the same cycle for the first time.[29][30][31][32]

Although Hudson''s first game in charge of the national team was a 3–1 defeat away to Uzbekistan in September 2014,[33] the All Whites have been unbeaten since March 2015, conceding only 2 goals in this period,[34] which includes defeating Oman, who were ranked 67 places higher at 92nd place in the FIFA World Rankings, in a 1-0 victory.[35]

Hudson also took the coaching reins of the New Zealand U-23 who won all three of their pool games and their semi final without conceding a goal in their Oceania Olympic Qualifiers

at the Pacific Games in July 2015, but were disqualified (and had their

semi final win overturned) for fielding an ineligible player due to an

administrative error from the national body.[36][37] This incident led to Hudson losing players for selection for his preparation for his matches against Myanmar and Oman[38] as the national body continued their detailed review of the internal processes and eligibility information for all players.[39]

In 2016, Hudson''s squad assembled for the first time for the year in May for a two-week training camp in Australia ahead of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup

hosted in Papua New Guinea. The national body, despite their best

efforts, failed to find a fixture against suitable opposition for the

All Whites in the March FIFA window.[40]

Despite having to change the team due to losing players to the

eligibility saga, as well as a lack of matches organised from the

national body, the All Whites won the 2016 OFC Nations Cup, winning all five matches and conceding only one goal, from a penalty, in the process.[41]

New Zealand''s victory saw them crowned Oceania champions making New

Zealand the most successful national team in the competition''s history,

having won the tournament five times, and also saw them qualify for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.[42]

New Zealand emerged as 2016''s biggest climbers in world football,

moving up 54 places on the back of the OFC Nations Cup victory that both

qualified them for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and furthered their

FIFA World Cup qualifying ambitions.[43]

In October 2016, after two away games against Mexico and USA, which

were recognised in both New Zealand and USA, former All Whites'' captain

Ryan Nelsen said the team had gone up a level under Hudson and he had

"never seen New Zealand teams play this way".[44] Hudson was also linked to the managers position at Derby County.[45]

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