Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has revealed that he thought Blackburn Rovers chief Paul Ince would become a manager after working with Ince as a player while in charge of Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Hodgson will come face to face with his former charge the self styled ’Guvnor’ in their Premier League match at Ewood Park, where Hodgson himself was once in charge.
“It doesn't surprise me that he [Ince] has gone into management and done well because he has a good personality and a winning mentality. He knows what it takes to win and overcome difficulties.
“He did well at Inter and showed great leadership qualities which no doubt are the skills which are serving him so well off the field.
“It will be interesting to see him as a rival coach.”
However, when the match kicks off between Rovers and the Cottagers, Hodgson is hoping to come away from the North West with all three points, leaving no room for sentiment.
“It's always nice to revisit clubs and see friends you made during your time there, but as a manager you can only be concerned with what your current team is doing. There can't be any sentiment in it.
“I will be delighted if we can go there and win the game but I know it will be difficult.”