Fulham's Lewington joins Hodgson for EUROs
England manager Roy Hodgson will be joined by Fulham coach Ray Lewington for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, the Football Association confirmed Friday.
Lewington had been tipped to join former Craven Cottage coach Hodgson during the summer and now Fulham and the FA have agreed a deal for them to renew a working relationship they had at club level.
A statement issued by the FA read: "The FA and Fulham Football Club can confirm that Ray Lewington will join Roy Hodgson's England coaching staff at the end of the Premier League season to work with the team during the European Championship."
Hodgson said: "I'm delighted that Fulham have agreed to Ray joining the England coaching staff for the summer. I know Ray well and enjoyed working with him at Craven Cottage. He's a very good coach and the players will I'm sure enjoy working with him. We're currently finalising the rest of the coaching staff but it's great to have Ray confirmed. I'd like to thank Fulham for agreeing to this."
Lewington will return to Fulham in time for next season. Earlier Friday, former England coach Fabio Capello warned Hodgson he will struggle to create a "winning mentality" in the short window before he leads England into the UEFA EURO 2012.
West Bromwich Albion manager Hodgson was confirmed as the successor to Capello on Tuesday, with England's opening game of the European Championships against France on 11 June just under six weeks away. Although Hodgson has experience of international management having already taken Switzerland to the 1994 FIFA World Cup™, Capello believes the 64-year-old will find his new assignment with England difficult.
"As a club manager, you are a manager. As a national team manager, you are a selector," Capello told The Times newspaper. "You cannot work with and get the best out of the players all of the time because some are injured, some are not in a top moment, some are unhappy with their club's position, some have a problem with their manager. It's not a normal job. It's difficult to create something. You can't do something in a short space of time."