Roy Hodgson has had a tricky spell as England manager – no change really then from previous England bosses.
The 68-year-old is being assessed currently by the English Football Association to see if he should have his contract extended beyond the summer’s European Championships in France.
He has won some major battles, none more so than the game against Wales last week, and lost a few too, but on the whole, Hodgson has delivered well enough for England.
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So, should he be offered a new contract after Euro 2016?
Roy's Ups and Downs
OK, Brazil 2014 and the early World Cup exit aside, Roy Hodgson has done a pretty good job at England in his four years in charge.
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He has somewhat cruised through qualifying stages for the Brazil World Cup and Euro 2016 without a blip, and this makes him a valuable asset to the England set up.
Having the ability to get a team to a major tournament is an achievement in itself, especially with other nations now growing stronger and competing at a much higher level than before.
His Euro 2012 journey saw England reach the quarter-finals and only narrowly losing to Italy 4-2 during a penalty shoot-out – the type of exit England fans are used to now.
Here are four reasons why Hodgson should be rewarded by the FA with a new deal.
Hodgson Backs Youngsters
Hodgson has been inspirational really, giving more than thirty youngsters a chance to blossom.
Some like Harry Kane and Dele Alli are thriving under the opportunities he is providing, whilst he's also offered opportunities to the likes of Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jack Butland and a whole host of other youngsters.
It's easy to see why England can play exciting, attacking football when the fearless youngsters are on the pitch.
He Drops Big Names
He'd barely been in the job for a month and already made some big decisions, most notably, dropping Rio Ferdinand from the England squad due to lack of match practice.
It showed that Hodgson had the credentials to go against the usual grain and pick players on their form and match fitness, rather than just by their names.
Yes, he is still guilty of some questionable inclusions, but he wasn't afraid to make big decisions regarding England's big names.
Most recently, he dropped Wayne Rooney from the third Euro 2016 game against Slovakia. Some might call this crazy, but Hodgson is showing that even when his big stars need a rest, he is not afraid to make the call.
Brave decisions are something an England manager must make.
During his reign, Hodgson has used his man management skills to get the best out of his players.
We saw players like Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott blossom under his stewardship in Euro 2012 and the qualifying stages for Euro 2016.
Now Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Eric Dier are all rising under his coaching to become main players in his England 2016 set up.
16 wins and four draws all tell their own story, and it has to be down to Hodgson's handling of his players.
These sort of results and the fact that he is giving youth a chance to prosper should surely warrant a new contract.
Players Are Behind Him
England captain, Wayne Rooney has backed Hodgson to stay in the managerial position after the tournament.
He is quoted saying: ‘It is down to his bosses, but of course, as players, we want him to stay.”
Rooney tells how his introduction of young players, like Alli, Kane and John Stones is a positive that ‘shouldn’t go unnoticed.’
It’s these young players that have rejuvenated an aging squad and turned England into a side that many fear to face.
Roy Hodgson must take a lot of credit for this.
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