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Hodgson takes chance of redemption

Roy Hodgson has taken just 34 days to recover from the damage a short and traumatic reign at Liverpool inflicted on his reputation and is now ready to repair both his own standing and West Bromwich Albion's season.

When Hodgson secured his first Premier League win as Liverpool manager against the Baggies at Anfield in late August, he could hardly have imagined that, less than six months later, he would be handed the task of navigating them away from relegation.

And yet this is where Hodgson stands now, succeeding Roberto di Matteo at The Hawthorns after a fruitless spell at Liverpool that often amounted to little more than an exercise in public torture.

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