4th May, 2012

20million reasons why Hodgson loves lawyers

New England manager Roy Hodgson is on the record praising the high-powered legal team that worked into the night on his four-year FA contract worth around £3million a year.

The same combination of Paul Daniels, head of the sports team at law firm Russell Jones & Walker, and Paul Gilroy QC, an employment specialist retained by the League Managers Association, also secured Hodgson and back-room staff an £8.4m severance package from Liverpool.

The pair started work on Hodgson's England contract at around 9pm on Monday ahead of his Wembley unveiling the following afternoon. They worked alongside Hodgson's agent Leon Angel, while LMA chief executive Richard Bevan offered extra input. RJW have also represented David Moyes and Alex McLeish.

Hodgson said on the RJW website after his Liverpool pay-off: 'I was extremely impressed by the level of expertise provided and the speed and volume of work done on an urgent basis, some of it through the night.' Bevan said: 'It doesn't matter whether you're Roy Hodgson or a League Two manager. The service is the same from us.'

It has emerged, meanwhile, that the Club England quartet led by FA chairman David Bernstein were given unprecedented freedom to pick Hodgson without the need of even a final rubber-stamp from the FA board.

The directors were informed of the choice just before it was made public - and in one case afterwards. The board's only involvement was to furnish the gang of four with their personal top three recommendations.



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