Multi-lingual, a good listener and a surprise choice for arguably the biggest job in British sport - manager of the England football team.
Roy Hodgson has coached football teams in eight different countries during a career which has lasted 36 years. Some say he is bereft of ego and a gentleman; others say he can be as passionate and defensive as the rest.
A great lover of literature, he is said to have read the works of nearly every Nobel prize winner - not intimidated by taking on the works of foreign authors, either.
For Radio 4's Profile, Jerry Northam looks at the life of a man friends say has a complex character - on one hand obsessed with football, on the other never happier than when away from the game.