Roy relying on more than words

Instead, new boss Hodgson is hoping that “persistent training” will

provide the key to success as West Brom look to turn around their

form. The former Fulham and Liverpool manager was keen to stress

that he cannot erase memories of recent results, even though he

hopes his coaching techniques can stimulate the players. Hodgson

said: “You live through bad football results, and hopefully you try

to put them behind you and you try to analyse why it was a bad

result. “Then you try to work hard to make certain that you’re

better prepared next time to get good results. “I think that the

best way to work psychologically with players is to make sure your

training sessions challenge them and that you give them plenty to

think about. “That there’s a few magic words that someone can come

in and say to a team and their problems are dispelled, and all the

sadness of recent weeks suddenly disappears, for me is a complete

myth.” Hodgson was clear on how he can improve the team.

“Persistent training,” he said. “For me, football from Sunday to

the next Saturday is rehearsal.” The former Switzerland boss added

that the current stage of the season limits opportunities for a

quick fix. He said: “A large factor which we can do nothing about

now is the area of recruitment, making certain that you have the

right type of players, with the right mental attitude and with the

skills. “There’s only a limited amount of training we can do at the

moment without running the risk of tiring the players out and

leaving a lot of what we want to bring out into the game on Sunday

out on the training field.” Hodgson was quick to point out that

while he expects the Hawthorns crowd to be behind their team on

Sunday, he also expects his players to repay their faith. He said:

“I would hope that the fans give the team a boost, but to benefit

from that, we’ll have to give them a boost. “That’s the important

bit.” He added, with reference to Liverpool, that a manager cannot

expect supporters to unquestioningly cheer sub-standard

performances. “Fans care about their team and they want to see

their team do well,” Hodgson said. “When the team isn’t doing well,

even with the greatest fans in the world, and Liverpool have some

of the greatest fans in the world, you can’t expect them to be

overjoyed when they’re watching their team draw and lose when they

expect their team to win. “I fear that will be the same here as

well. I think we’ll have excellent support, but if we want to keep

that support we’ve got to start winning some matches.”