The European Cup next summer may be the last for England boss Roy Hodgson, as he might not be offered a new deal.
The Englishman has been in charge of the English National team since 2012, but negative reports emerged this week concerning the FA's new Chief Executive, Martin Glenn, being open to pulling the plug on Hodgson's current contract.
The 67-year-old's deal expires next year, after England's participation in Euro 2016. A new deal could be issued, but only depending on the success of the England at the tournament. say the Daily Telegraph.
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Hodgson's desire to be England manger has never been in doubt, with him insisting before the World Cup draw that he was "perfectly happy" with his contract situation.
England managers no strangers to lucrative deals
The Englishman told Skysports: "I do understand also there have been incidences in the past where people’s contracts have been renewed and then it has gone badly in a tournament."
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Ex-England manager Fabio Capello was reportedly payed £4million per year. The Italian's contract was renewed until 2012, prior to the 2010 World Cup. After a poor display in South Africa the manager's expensive buy-out clause helped keep him his position, before he eventually stepped down in 2012.
A lesson learnt
It looks like the FA have learnt their lesson when handing out lengthy contracts, though the timing of the announcement has been questioned by Hodgson.
“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," the ex-Fulham boss said.
hodgson's future unclear
This will certainly be a distraction for the World Cup qualifying, with the boss in the dark over his England future.
The FA appear to have taken a wise stance, one that ensures Hodgson's contract will depend on the success of the national team. As a result a failure to succeed at the Euro's next summer will almost certainly result in a new England manager.
England fans, do you think Hodgson deserves a new deal? Who would be better in the role? Let us know in the comments box below.