FA expects Hodgson to quit if England suffer flop

FA chief executive Martin Glenn expects Roy Hodgson to walk away from the England job if the Three Lions flop at the European Championship next summer.

Wednesday, 12th August 2015, 11:30 pm
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Hodgson met Glenn recently after rumours of a rift between the pair emerged around the World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg.

The England manager seemed surprised that the recently-appointed chief executive claimed he would not discuss a contract with the 68-year-old until after France 2016, when his current deal expires.

Glenn clarified the situation over a few drinks with Hodgson recently.

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“I have spoken to Roy.” Glenn said. “I had a cup of coffee with him, which turned into a few drinks.

“It is a bit of a storm in a teacup. But I spoke to him about it, the position I thought was clear anyway, so yes the air has been cleared.”

When asked if he had told Hodgson there would be no talks until after the Euros, Glenn said: “Yes... We are all on the same page.”

Should England bomb just like they did at the World Cup last year, when Hodgson’s men were eliminated at the group stage, Glenn is convinced the manager will not ask for a contract extension.

Instead, the chief executive expects Hodgson to leave the FA after four years in charge.

He said: “Roy is a really good manager and he would be the last person in the world who if, and I don’t think it will happen, we had a bad Euros, he would not expect to be kept on. He is a proud man.

“The question for Roy is how do we set him up to be as successful as we can in the Euros? What can we do and that is what we plan to do.”

England have won eight and drawn two of their 10 matches since the World Cup.

They are top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group after six straight wins.

Hodgson’s men will resume their qualifying campaign against San Marino next month.

Glenn admits young English players are falling into a “black hole” when they graduate from Premier League academies because of the number of foreigners in the top-flight.

On the day the FA announced a £260m investment in grassroots football, a frightening statistic emerged which highlighted how much work the organisation has to do to stop the dwindling number of home-grown players at the top of the English game.

Of the 220 players who started in the Premier League at the weekend, just 73 (33.2 per cent) were English.