BY Ayyaz Malik
England manager Roy Hodgson has sensationally resigned after Monday’s (27 June) 2-1 defeat to minnows Iceland in round 16 of the Euro 2016 championships . The former Fulham and Liverpool manager was due to be out of contract after the tournament in France ends, but the 68-year old’s decision to resign might still shock come as a shock to some.
When thinking of a football manager, one would traditionally tend to think of managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson, or Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and the ‘glamour aspect’ of management . The common perception of a football manager is that his/her job is a job of nothing but a life of luxury, but with such a job comes extreme pressure – and none more recently than the England managers job.
The former Finland national coach was one of the highest paid managers in world football and in Euro 2016, with the 68-year old earning a reported £3.9 million a year.
With wages of that magnitude, naturally, Hodgson would have been expected to have delivered results slightly better than England have produced in this tournament.
England, in their quest for glory, have previously hired legendary English managers such as Sir Bobby Robson, or established foreign coaches such as Fabio Capello and Sven Goran Eriksson. Sadly for ‘The Barmy Army’ though, Euro 2016 is a campaign that’s going to end in tears just like the others before it.
With what was believed to be England’s best group of players since 2002, The Three Lions were toothless in attack in several of the matches this year. This was made all the more unfortunate as Roy did include five strikers in his squad for the trip to France, but to be fair to the veteran coach, he has built some solid foundations for a good world cup qualifying campaign for 2018.
The feeling of a missed opportunity in this tournament will be even more apparent with the news that two-time defending champions Spain have been eliminated from the tournament after their defeat to Italy.
One must give a lot of credit to Iceland in tonight’s game – if you ask Portugal, Hungary or Austria they will be able to confirm how spirited this Icelandic team is. England, despite taking the lead in the match through Wayne Rooney, were undone by a Joe Hart goalkeeping error.
After heartbreak in the 2014 world cup, the public outcry was to ‘bring in the kids’ . Whatever else Roy Hodgson’s has done, he does seem to have done that, the future does look bright for ‘The Three Lions’. Whoever does take over from the 68-year old Hodgson, one thing for certain is that they will have a good team to work with.
That’s thanks to Roy Hodgson, who opted to replace established players such as John Terry and Rio Ferdinand with younger players such as Chris Smalling. With Carlo Ancelotti and Jose Mourinho now both in jobs, it will be hard to say who England will opt for at this point, but we are all keen to find out who will be next to take on the challenge.