Martin Glenn admits he's "not a football expert"

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Roy Hodgson’s press conference the day after England’s abysmal 2-1 defeat to Iceland was almost as much of a car crash as the match itself.

The resigned manager’s first words were: "I don't know what I'm doing here because I thought my statement last night was sufficient.”

It didn’t really get much better from there.


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Many argued that Hodgson, who gets paid £3.5 million-per-year, should have addressed the media last night to answer questions about England’s poorest performance in many years. Instead, he decided to just read out a pre-prepared speech to announce his resignation.

And still, Hodgson couldn’t understand why the press wanted answers after the embarrassing exit to Iceland and reiterated his confusion as to why he was being made to do a press conference.

But Hodgson wasn’t the only man facing the media and, remarkably, wasn’t the only man making a fool of himself.

That’s because FA’s chief executive Martin Glenn did his best to take the limelight off of Hodgson by making some bizarre statements himself.

Glenn admitted that he’s “not a football expert” just minutes before admitted that “I’ll be one of three people deciding the next England manager.”

Glenn's comment


Twitter reaction

After Glenn made the ridiculous comments, Twitter exploded with bewilderment after the man in charge of selecting the next England manager admitted is not a football expert.

Glenn along with David Gill and Dan Ashworth will be responsible for selecting the next boss to lead this country at the Russia World Cup in two years time.

However, the trio don’t exactly have many managers to choose from. Current favourite is Gareth Southgate with Glenn Hoddle, Eddie Howe, Harry Redknapp and Alan Shearer all in the mix.

The next manager?

Although these five candidates are all English, Glenn has admitted that the next boss doesn’t necessarily have to be from this country.

“We'll be looking for the best person for the job. We're not ruling out foreign managers. We will have the best people to take this exciting group further forward,” he said.

Hodgson's disappointment

Where Hodgson is concerned, he couldn’t hide his clear disappointment after last night.

"I don't know what I'm doing here because I thought my statement last night was sufficient," he said.

"I was told by everyone it was important I appear here because people are smarting from our defeat.

"I suppose someone has to stand and take the slings and arrows that come with it.

"I'm disappointed. I didn't see it coming. I had no indication that we were going to play that badly.

"I'm still recovering from what happened. It was not a good night for anybody.

"We go home as losers in the last 16 and retain that wretched record of not winning a knock-out game in the tournament."

The search for England’s next boss begins. Let’s hope that Glenn - a non-football expert - gets it right this time around.

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