Will Roy Hodgson be England manager for Euro 2016?
Following England’s drab 1-0 Euro 2016 warm-up friendly win over Norway, Coral are offering odds on him still being in the post for the first game of that tournament.
If you fancy him still being in a job by the start of the Euros, Hodgson is odds-on at 1/8. While the friendly against Norway was lacklustre, he will have learned lessons that can stand the team in good stead for the qualifying campaign.
Going forward, Raheem Sterling is far more effective in a number ten role, linking up with club teammate Daniel Sturridge centrally, as he does with Liverpool, and like he was utilised at the World Cup.
Sterling is wasted in a wide right berth, with his explosive unpredictability. A simple switch could be the catalyst to success in the qualifiers. Furthermore, England can have an average campaign, finishing third in their group and still progress albeit via a play-off.
Hodgson’s remit is to get the Three Lions to the next tournament and, if he accomplishes that, his job should be safe.
Losing his first three qualifying matches will certainly put his status as manager in doubt; it would be England’s worse start to a qualifying campaign for decades. There are suggestions that, although Hodgson has promoted youth, he doesn’t know how to get the best out of them.
However, he also took over at a time when he had no other alternative, with star names ageing and coming towards the end of their career. Now with only Wayne Rooney and perhaps Glen Johnson the last of a senior, lot he has to gamble and get it right.
Unlike a Brendan Rodgers, who has clear philosophies on youth and innovative ideologies, Hodgson is an ‘old school’ manager with an ‘old school’ approach, despite his best attempts to paper over cracks with shine. If you don’t feel he will be in charge for the first game of Euro 2016, back him at 9/2.