While enjoying the hospitality of his friend Carlos Alberto Parreira last Christmas, Roy Hodgson heard Fulham’s rescue plea. He was not desperate for a job, the Finnish FA having offered him a contract to continue his impressive work there with the national team. The Republic of Ireland had also expressed an interest, and one of his former clubs, Internazionale, had invited him back to Milan to become their director of football. What was to be gained by cutting short his holiday in Brazil and jumping into the deep end of the Premier League? More money, yes, but you suspect Hodgson was motivated by something more: redemption.