Roy Hodgson admits doubts over future

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Roy Hodgson has questioned whether it is correct for the Football Association to delay a decision on his future as England manager until after Euro 2016.

Hodgson's contract is up in July next year and the 67-year-old said he had yet to discuss his future with new FA chief executive Martin Glenn, who revealed no decision will be made until after next year's tournament in France.

Hodgson, speaking in St Petersburg after the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw, said that he would love to guide England on the road to Russia and that putting off contract negotiations until after Euro 2016 might spark a torrent of speculation.


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He said: "I don't quite know what the situation is. I haven't spoken to Martin yet. Am I happy with it? I don't know. There are lot of considerations. It means there will be lots of speculation the moment we qualify until the tournament itself. Whether that is the right thing I don't know.

"I do understand also there has been incidences in the past where people's contracts have been renewed and then it has gone badly in a tournament and, as a result, the FA have found themselves with someone they no longer wanted. So I understand both positions really.

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"The Euro 2016 suits me perfectly well at the moment. In answer to the question 'would you like to continue working with this team?', I suppose the answer has got to be yes. And then we will take it from there. I haven't spoken to Martin and where he made these comments but no doubt it will be explained to me."

Hodgson added: "I love working with this team. I am honoured to have the job. It is a privilege to work with these players. The quality of them, the way they work, their ambition.

"Obviously it is a wonderful job and if the FA want me to continue with it I'd be happy to do so.

"I am still young enough - don't worry about that!"

Glenn told The Times last week that Hodgson would go into Euro 2016 with his future unclear but said he was "hugely impressed" with the England manager.

Glenn said: "I've not had a discussion with him about his contract and he understands that where we've been in the past, which is offering long-term contracts regardless of performance, isn't where we want to be.

"I would rather be relating contracts to results. It's more likely to get more hunger and drive out of performances. It's as simple as that. Roy knows the philosophy and has never raised it personally with me. I think he's very comfortable."

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