Podcast: Roy Hodgson's hiring as England coach has tongues wagging for the wrong reasons

Martin Rogers
Yahoo Sports

A controversy is brewing over the appointment of new England national team head coach Roy Hodgson. The selection came after several months in which it was assumed Tottenham Hotspurs boss Harry Redknapp would be named to the role. While the pick was a surprise, the most discussed aspect of this development revolves around the actions of The Sun newspaper.

The publication printed a front-page headline of "Bwing On The Euwos," apparently poking fun at a slight speech impediment that makes it difficult for Hodgson to pronounce the letter "R." Some members of the public were outraged at the perceived slur, others felt the newspaper's stance was simply good-natured humor.

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Roy Hodgson's selection was a surprise. (AFP)

However, the English Football Association was in the former camp, issuing an official complaint to The Sun and requesting an apology.

I discuss the issue in this week's Yahoo! Soccer Podcast, in conjunction with World Football Daily, with renowned British author and journalist Michael Pearlman, who reveals the actual reason behind Hodgson's quirk of speech. Pearlman and I also go over this weekend's FA Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea and its significance for both teams.

The BBC's Tim Vickery also is on to analyze the influence of Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, whose outstanding season was marred by a racism scandal involving Manchester United's Patrice Evra. Suarez's antics saw him vilified in England, but he has been staunchly defended in his homeland, with political figures getting involved.

Finally, Ian Ridley of the Daily Express dissects this week's pivotal English Premier League showdown between Manchester City and Manchester United, and he looks at whether City's triumph will be enough to secure the EPL crown.

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