By Chris Harris

Roy Hodgson's success is a victory for experience, according to Arsène Wenger.

Fulham's manager has turned the west Londoners into a serious Premier League force and scaled new heights on Thursday when he guided his team to the Europa League Final after late goals from Simon Davies and Zoltan Gera saw off Hamburg at Craven Cottage.

Hodgson is one of Europe's most travelled coaches having spent time in Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and the United Arab Emirates as well as England. He may lack the razzmatazz of some of his managerial peers but Hodgson is hugely respected and he can count Wenger among his many fans.

The Frenchman is the second longest-serving boss in the Premier League and he believes that Hodgson is living proof of what can happen if you give people a chance.

"The careers of people sometimes have a mysterious way," said Wenger. "Maybe he [Hodgson] is in the best period of life now.

"[Football management] is a job that needs experience. Why? Because you deal with immense pressure. And you learn to live with that with age.

"But at the same time there's no basic rule because when I started at 33, there were many experienced managers but somebody gave me a chance."

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30 Apr 2010