The England boss is shedding stereotypes at a remarkable speed.
After taking a huge gamble on Andros Townsend at Wembley on Friday night, completely at odds with his safety first reputation, the 66-year-old emerged to deliver the kind of up-yours riposte to Montenegrin jibes about English team spirit the normally avuncular Hodgson tends to stay well clear of.
"I don't mind saying this now but I was irritated with Savicevic in Montenegro when he suggested to me English players just play for themselves," said Hodgson.
"He said we don't care about the shirt whereas Montenegrins throw themselves into everything.
"It was a complete load of rubbish.
"But because we played badly in the second-half and they got a 1-1 I had to swallow it.
"He might be changing that opinion after watching us swarm all over his players tonight (Friday)."
Asked whether he had mentioned the matter to Savicevic at Wembley ahead of Friday night's 4-1 win, Hodgson smiled.
"I didn't mention (it). I have just taken a cheap shot," he said.
The defiance is as welcome as three points were to England.
A result which broke the cycle of three successive draws against their opponents keeps Hodgson's side in charge of their own World Cup destiny.
However, the job is anything but complete ahead of Tuesday's meeting with Poland.
With Ukraine a point behind but ending their qualification campaign against San Marino, nothing less than victory will be enough to seal an automatic passage to next summer's finals in Brazil.
And whilst some claim Poland will be swept aside with some degree of comfort, it is hard to imagine life being quite so simple.
For a start, as Hodgson noted with his own eyes as he watched TV footage of the first-half of their 1-0 defeat in Kharkiv, Poland are a pretty effective outfit.
In Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski they have two key figures in Borussia Dortmund's rise to prominence.
At Wembley they will be backed by an enormous travelling support - some suggest it could be as high as 18,000 - eager to gain some positives from the campaign and exploit any English nerves.
It is not the obvious backdrop for an evening of serenity.
"I must say this," said Hodgson.
"I am delighted we got the result. I am delighted we are going into the next game in charge of our own destiny.
"But it is job half done. I know that and I can assure you, the players know it too.
"There will be no whooping about with them because they know they have three very important days of preparation before them."
Hodgson's concession for a result and second-half display that beyond question generates the right kind of momentum, was to give his players a day off to recharge their batteries.
In addition he has called Liverpool wide-man Raheem Sterling into his squad after losing Tom Cleverley to a calf injury and Kyle Walker through suspension that will see either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling slot into the right-back role.
Other than attacking Savicevic though, Hodgson is recoiling from bold statements.
"No," he said firmly, he is not standing on the brink of his greatest achievement as the sixth Englishman to steer England to a World Cup.
"I don't really want to create headlines like Hodgson says it is my greatest achievement.
"There will be plenty of people in other countries who quite like what I have done there who will be a bit disappointed to see just qualifying with England has topped up what they think is an even better achievement in their country."
And no, he has no special memories of that awful night on October 17, 1973, when Polish keeper Jan Tomaszewski, labelled "a clown" by Brian Clough, produced the performance of his life to prevent Sir Alf Ramsey's team from qualifying.
"1973? I was in South Africa and there were no televisions," he added.
Instead, there is a steely determination to get the job done.
"I can't imagine they will take their foot off the pedal," said Hodgson.
"They will want to come here and get another good result just like Poland did in 1973.
"We are going to be preparing for the very best Poland can be.
"If we are lucky and they decide not to turn up and allow us to stroll through them, so be it. But I am not expecting it."