I think Hodges does take hell of a lot of unjustified stick, I can’t comment on his methods even if they were explained to me I wouldn’t know what the PC modern ways are to contrast his supposedly outdated ones with plus it’s been said I’m a bit of an historic throw back myself so probably wouldn’t see him as a dinosaur anyway.
I think he had an unenviable position as the constant professional that he has always came across as to me, as part of managerial chain he had to toe the current party line, when dealing with his players/parents and I’m sure that pained him at times, I’m also sure he would have forcefully fought their corner in private with first team management/board members.
Lastly I think he did a fine job, he was responsible for them up to the age of 18, after that they aren’t his remit. So the question about the yardstick of his success shouldn’t be how many players he and his team developed that broke into the first team but how many were taken onto professional contracts or further development contracts. The failure of those not then breaking into the first team is on the shoulders of the coaches and management at those levels.
I’m sad to lose him as I said he was the consummate professional in my dealings with him, like me he’s not the biggest and he didn’t discriminate against smaller players like many so called dinosaurs would. Wish him all the best for the future as I do for the next man in the role, I sincerely hope you don’t come against first team management, the likes of which Kevin Hodges did in his time.