I’m writing this the day before England play Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.
So, I’m taking a bit of a risk.
Because I want to put forward the notion that whatever happens at this tournament, Roy Hodgson should not get a new contract.
FA chief Greg Dyke has suggested that if England “do well”, Hodgson will be given a new deal, with the England manager responding by saying that he’s “prepared to carry on”. It’s widely understood that if England get to the semi-finals, or they’re judged to have been ‘unlucky’ to lose in the quarter-finals, Hodgson will extend his time in charge.
But I don’t think that’s sensible. I really feel that he should go after this tournament. Whatever happens. Here’s why:
- He really doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing.
The guy’s had a full four years in charge of England now, and yet he doesn’t seem to have any clear idea of what his best team is, what the best formation to play is or what game-plan he should adopt.
- He’s dishonest. With himself and with the fans.
According to Hodgson, England played very well against Slovakia in a dire 0-0 draw. Apparently, Jordan Henderson played exceptionally well, too. Unless you’re Roy Hodgson, you know that these are both lies. And to be honest, I’m sure Hodgson does, too, it’s just that he misguidedly thinks that the way to deal with pressure is to tell barefaced lies to the press. It’s not.
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- He has no idea how to help players deal with expectation.
The Hodgson pattern is very familiar; indeed, it’s a similar pattern to his predecessor Fabio Capello. Qualify for a tournament in exemplary fashion, and then bottle it once you’ve got there. He did it in 2014 – and he should have paid with his job then. Whilst it hasn’t been quite so disastrous as two years ago, it’s been pretty poor. His side have finished second to a Championship-standard Wales team, and have averaged just a goal a game against three inferior opponents.
Finishing second has placed his side in the much harder side of the draw, making it highly unlikely that they’ll progress beyond the quarter-finals at best.
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- He thinks possession equals superiority.
Talk to Hodgson after the group stages and he’d tell you how well they’ve done and how they’ve dominated games. And dominate they have…as far as possession stats are concerned. As far as clear-cut chances go, not so much.
Hodgson has steadied the ship during a difficult time for English football, but it’s time for him to move on. I wish him luck for the rest of the tournament, but when the team return from France, Roy should bow out.