After England’s earliest World Cup exit since 1958, intense speculation has sparked over Roy Hodgson’s future in the managerial role.
The 67-year-old has come under criticism for his side’s World Cup performance, provoking the question of whether or not he should remain at the post, despite only being there for two years.
Lack of Success
Hodgson’s managerial experience was seen as a key factor, along with his nationality, when appointing the former West Bromwich Albion boss as England's new head coach. Despite his variety of clubs, he has experienced very little success in his 38 years of management, winning a mere four trophies in the last 17 years.
This experience of failure was replicated in England’s World Cup campaign, showing the need for a new man to take over.
Hodgson needs to go. At 67, it is naïve to assume that he can bring in any other football style than we have become accustomed to over the years of watching the ex Liverpool boss. A new approach is much needed.
As is the norm with England, a list of possible Hodgson replacements has been drawn up, seemingly before he was even appointed, consisting of the usual improbable and unrealistic names, with Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola among the bookie’s favourites.
The FA need to consider the fact that no amount of managerial experience can prepare a man for the terror that is the British media.
Someone with a proven knowledge of the game and experience as an England player could be the way forward for English football, where the FA need look no further than Gary Neville, or even Jamie Redknapp.
Their punditry for Sky Sports over the last few years has been a refreshing change for the average football fanatic, showing vast knowledge and a passion for the game that is rarely seen on TV.
Their relative youth, when compared to Hodgson, would offer a more democratic leadership style to the England squad, especially applicable considering the new rise in young talent with the likes of Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Raheem Sterling.
This is, however, all hypothetical, for the time being. As long as Hodgson still has the most coveted and challenging role in English football, he deserves our support, for however long it may be.
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