England fans in the Transfer Tavern are gearing up for the European Championships this summer, which are now just over a week away, and the Three Lions form could decide the future of their manager.
The Telegraph quotes England assistant Gary Neville as backing Roy Hodgson to continue his post as manager beyond his current contract, which expires at the end of Euro 2016, as he feels Hodgson deserves credit for blooding youngsters into the first team.
Hodgson has handed a wealth of debuts to England aces over the past four years, including Dele Alli and emerging star Marcus Rashford, and Neville believes his span over the years since Euro 2012 should be assessed, rather than just viewing his results in France this summer.
Neville, who’s contract also ends after Euro 2016, believes the young players will leave a legacy for Hodgson and he’s keen for the former Liverpool manager to continue his journey as England boss.
“It needs a good finish in the summer. My view would be that he would go on beyond the summer because at this moment in time he’s doing the right things and making the right decisions, not just for himself, but for the team long-term.”
“I think of [the World Cup in] 2010 in South Africa and old players called back out of retirement and panic calls on the last day to players to come and play. Roy went the other way. He went with Barkley, Sterling, Welbeck, Jones and Smalling. [Jon] Flanagan and Stones were brought in pre-tournament [the Miami warm-up for the 2014 World Cup].”
“Post-tournament, Alli and Dier were brought in among others. He’s made a series of really good decisions for the English team but also for future tournaments for the next two to four years and hopefully he, we, can see that through. “
Our landlord believes Hodgson should stay until the 2018 World Cup, as he feels the manager has done a decent job and he can’t identify a man better suited to take the role.
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