With Roy Hodgson’s England contract running out after Euro 2016, questions about whether he’ll receive an extension are being asked left, right and centre. Officials at the top of the FA, including Greg Dyke, have put off answering the question as to whether Hodgson will receive an extension for some time, with the closest we have got to a response being, “Sometime in the next year we will discuss what happens afterwards.” While the FA duck out of answering questions, I will look at hard facts and decide whether Roy Hodgson deserves an extension.
The mere mention of Roy Hodgson summons up thoughts of a boring philosophy of play that fails to excite or engage the England fan. Despite this, Hodgson has turned up with results and can be proud to have only ever lost 5 games out of 38, and even though his teams are not the most entertaining sides to have ever played, he should be on track to qualify for 3 out of 3 major international tournaments.
Euro 2012 was Roy Hodgson’s first major tournament at the managerial helm, and as usual England crashed out of the tournament in the early knockout phase. That statement makes out that Euro 2012 was a disaster but in fact, as we all know, the signs were rather promising. England topped their group that on paper is an achievement as France, Sweden and the Ukraine are quality teams who do pose a serious threat. If we discount penalties and look only at the final scores, we actually went the entire tournament unbeaten and England fans were given hopes of what the future held at Brazil 2014.
The World Cup in 2014 was nothing short of a disappointment and a low point in Roy Hodgson’s managerial career. Although the Three Lions were given a tough group with some international heavyweights, England was expected to move through to the knockout stage, where they would inevitably crash out in the quarterfinals. England were simply outplayed in the first two matches and it was a long shot to expect England to make it through to the second round with merely 3 points. Uninspiring team selections and a lack of something special in attack led to a mundane England crashing out early.
The last two major international tournaments have led me to make a conclusion about Roy Hodgson. Yes, Hodgson may have an impressive record on paper, but these victories are mainly built upon winning in meaningless friendlies and mundane qualifying matches. When it comes to tournaments England are nothing more than a disappointment. In order for England to move forward it has to be with someone more inspiring at the helm and someone with a better footballing philosophy. For instance, take a look at how Brendan Rodgers has transformed Liverpool’s style of play and how much of an entertaining and attacking force they have become. I’m unsure of who should take over from Hodgson as there is not a wide range of managers available currently, but hopefully this is not the case come the end of Euro 2016.
Written by Christian Smith