As news filtered through most social media sites of Steven Gerrard's retirement from international football, England fans should also have been hoping for the same news concerning their manager.
Their commander in chief, Roy Hodgson; a man who failed to win a single game at this year's World Cup. A man who guided England to their worst showing at a major tournament in years. Being an Irish man I couldn't but crack a smile at the way England have performed under the stewardship of good old Roy.
Cesare Prandelli, the former Italian manager resigned in shame following the Azzuri's failure to make it out of the same group England were in. No such gesture was made from Hodgson.
Prandelli knew that finishing below a team like Costa Rica was just not good enough for an international team of Italy's prestige and stature. The buck stopped with him and accepted that and walked. Now why hasn't Hodgson made the same gesture considering he outdid Prandelli in failure by not even winning a game?
The answer is he's on a good thing managing England and he knows it. The man is clearing nearly £3 million a year. Why would he want to get off the gravy train. Another problem is the FA along with some portions in the English media portray Hodgson as someone we would call in Ireland as a 'sound skin'.
A sound skin is someone who is a decent bloke, great company on a night out, someone you can have a laugh with. Someone who wouldn't rock the boat. That's exactly what other's project Hodgson to be, a safe pair of hands. Except in reality he's anything but.
His job is to get the best out of his players and pick the best team for England. At the World Cup he did neither. England never really looked threatening and there seemed to be no real plan in place on how they were going to win games. He also seemed afraid to drop players like Wayne Rooney, who contributed basically the square root of nothing.
The FA have got to dismiss Hodgson and for their own sake sooner rather than later. The Brazilians have got rid of Luis Felipe Scolari and I'm sure they'll get their act together now big Phil has been shown the door.
If they don't get rid of Hodgson and persist with him to the bitter end, I can predict more tournament misery for England in the not too distant future...
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