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No honeymoon period for Hodgson

New England boss Roy Hodgson will not be given the benefit of a honeymoon period, former international defender Sol Campbell has warned.

Campbell says the fact that Hodgson will be plunged straight into Euro 2012 means he will not have the settling-in period that other England managers have enjoyed. The former Tottenham and Arsenal defender told CNN: "In the beginning, there's always a honeymoon period. Theyusually give you a little bit of a grace of a couple of months.

"But because the tournament is upon us, really, there's no honeymoon period."

Campbell added that the controversial front-page headline which made fun of Hodgson's manner of speech on Wednesday was "in bad taste". The Sun's headline 'Bwing on the Euwos' led to more than 100 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission and to criticism from the FA.

An FA statement said: "On this occasion, we will not be making an official complaint to the PCC but we have raised it with the newspaper and made it clear that their front page is unacceptable to us."

FA chairman David Bernstein added: "We are delighted at the media response to Roy's appointment but are disappointed with the headline in The Sun, which we consider is in poor taste and disrespectful."

In its story the Sun said Hodgson was "affectionately known as Woy due to his speech impediment".

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, who played under Hodgson at Anfield, has given the new England manager his full backing. Hodgson endured a difficult 191-day reign at Liverpool during which time the club was in midst of a takeover.

Gerrard said: "Roy is a good manager. I've worked with him before but I think he took the Liverpool job at the wrong time. My opinion of him has not changed before he got the (Liverpool) job, while he had the job and after it. He was very good technically, very thorough, a great guy and very loyal among the players."

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