Roy Hodgson will remain England manager despite early exit
FA chairman backs coach for another two years after failure in Brazil
Roy Hodgson has been asked by the English Football Association to remain in charge of the national team until 2016 as planned despite early elimination from the World Cup on Friday.
England opened the tournament in Brazil with losses to Italy and Uruguay, and hopes of advancing from Group D ended when Italy lost 1-0 to Costa Rica on Friday.
At Hodgson’s first tournament as coach, England reached the quarter-finals at the 2012 European Championship, and the FA wants him to see out contract until after Euro 2016.
“We’re supportive of Roy Hodgson. We’ve asked him to stay as manager,” FA chairman Greg Dyke said.
“We do not see any value in changing. We think Roy has done a good job and it is an approach over four years and we hope to do better in the European Championships.”
Dyke was satisfied with how England’s youthful team performed.
“Everybody thought we played really well in the first game [against Italy] and narrowly lost,” he said. “In the second game it could have gone either way. We were not humiliated or anything like that. They were narrow defeats, but it is for the football people, not for me to identify why we did not win.”
Hodgson insisted after Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Uruguay that he would not walk away from the job.
“I’m bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don’t feel I need to resign,” the former Inter Milan, Liverpool and Switzerland coach said.