Following the national team’s shocking 2-1 defeat to Iceland in their Euro 2016 last-16 tie on Monday evening, Roy Hodgson has left his post as England manager.
The decision by Hodgson to resign comes as no surprise following England’s loss to a country competing at their first major tournament and with a population of just 329,000.
It was gathered that within minutes of the final whistle Roy Hodgson announced that he would not be continuing as manager.
Instead of conducting a press conference, Hodgson read a pre-prepared statement.
The statement read:
“I’m extremely disappointed of course about tonight’s result and ultimately our exit from the competition,” Hodgson said. “We haven’t progressed as far as I thought we were capable of, and that’s obviously not acceptable.
“I’m actually proud of the work my coaching staff and I have achieved over our time at the helm of England. The transition from the squad whose average age was 30 to now being the youngest in the tournament is both remarkable and exciting for the future of English football. I would have loved to stay on for another two years.
“However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business.
My contract was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players. They have been fantastic and have done everything that has been asked of them. When I arrived I was told players didn’t turn up to play for their country or that they pulled out at the last minute. I have not seen any of that. These players love to play for their country and their commitment has been unquestioned.
“Ray and Gary arrived with me as part of my coaching team and will leave with me. I’d like to thank them for their dedicated support and for the major part they’ve played in our team preparation. Finally I’d like to thank all the support start, players, the FA and of course the fans. It’s been a fantastic journey, these four years, and it’s one I’ll look back on or remember with pride.
“Finally I’d like to thank the media for the support you’ve given me over the four years. I’m sorry it’s had to end this way with another exit from the tournament. These things happen. All I can do is wish everybody all the very best and hope that you will still be able to see an Egland team in a final of a major tournamenet fairly soon. We’ve been unable to deliver. Thank you very much.”
The coaches Ray Lewington and Gary Neville have also left the Football Association.
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