Why Roy Hodgson Should Step Down As England Manager, Irrespective of England’s Euro 2016 Campaign
Posted by Eddie Bradbury | Published on June 3, 2016
Waste of Time
It is hard to believe that Hodgson has been in charge since 2012, It seems to me that we haven’t made much progress at all during this time. During his spell with England, Hodgson possesses a win rate of 61.5% with a points per game rate of 2.09. As good as this may look on paper, do not let it deceive you. It is only fair to give Hodgson some credit, with recent victories against Germany and France springing to mind, albeit these were only friendlies. Our toughest opponent in the Euro qualifying group was Switzerland, with the likes of San Marino, Lithuania and Slovenia making up the numbers. Topping the group was almost a certainty. So far during Hodsgon’s reign we have seen England eliminated in the quarter finals of the Euro’s in 2012 on penalties, which probably equalled expectations considering the time he was given to prepare for Euro’s 2012. We have also seen an appalling display from his side during the World Cup in 2014, which culminated in us not making it out of the group. Over the last two years following on from the World Cup it is hard to reflect on any significant progress, we have seemingly stood still. This is evident following Roy’s recent comments in which he stated that around 17 players were still in contention to start our first game at the Euro’s against Russia. How can a manager not have a nailed on starting 11 one week before the start of a major tournament?
There was a flurry of disgruntled England fans following the somewhat below par performance against Portugal last night, and rightly so. Last night was Hodgson’s last chance to give the nation some encouragement going into the Euro’s and yet I haven’t felt so negatively towards the national team since our hopeless World Cup campaign. It was a bizarre performance against Portugal and so were the decisions made by the manager from the off. Following the game, Hodgson stated that he had deployed Wayne Rooney as a number 10, yet this was not the case for long periods of the game. Rooney played so far up the pitch that we saw Vardy and Kane constantly drifting out wide and playing as wingers, to which they can be of no avail. Putting square pegs in round holes comes to mind. We have an abundance of attacking talent at the moment, perhaps too much for Roy Hodgson to handle, he simply does not know how to utilise our attacking players effectively. In essence he is playing three Strikers in Rooney, Vardy and Kane in a diamond like formation, or a 4-3-3. There is no balance within the team whatsover. Not long ago he stated that ‘systems don’t win you games, players do’. You would think that this makes playing Vardy and Kane on the wing justifiable, what an absurd statement to make.
Lack of Conviction
It has got to the stage where viewers have a strong idea of what Roy Hodgson is going to say in his post match interviews. The satisfying remarks of getting a clean sheet and winning the game come to mind, instead of being honest and talking about disappointing performances. He is always trying to put a positive spin on a negative performance, sometimes it is best to be honest with yourself. Furthermore he has made a mass amount of contradictions when talking about England call ups. England stars such as Andy Carroll, Aaron Cresswell, Mark Noble and Antonio from West Ham have all been dismissed from international duty over the last few months, with the reasoning being he wanted players that contributed in England getting to the Euro’s being in the squad. In spite of these comments he still gave Drinkwater and Jamie Vardy International call ups. His policies are questionable due to the nature of how he contradicts himself. The lack of conviction has become transparent on the pitch, there doesn’t seem to be a certain purpose of how to play, especially in the final third. The football is almost as bland as it was under Capello at times.