Roy Hodgson’s contract as manager of the English national team runs through the 2016 European Championship. Following next summer’s trip to France, someone else will take the reins and attempt to lead England to its first major tournament since 1966 — assuming, of course, the Three Lions don’t triumph at EURO 2016.
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Since we’re still 10 months away from the expiration of Hodgson’s employment, few are talking about who’ll replace him (yet — just wait until the new year rolls around), but Everton manager Roberto Martinez isn’t one of them.
Ahead of his side’s trip to Swansea on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), Martinez’s former club as a player and manager, the 42-year-old Spaniard was asked about the job Garry Monk, Swans captain during Martinez’s tenure, has done during his first 18 months as Swansea manager.
Martinez was effusive in his praise of Monk and went so far as to throw his support behind the 36-year-old Englishman for future England consideration — quotes from the Guardian:
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was linked with England. I don’t see another manager who has had as big an influence over the last three seasons in terms of taking different roles. What he has done with Swansea has been very impressive from every angle you look at it.
“He was thrown into it when the club needed to avoid relegation [after Michael Laudrup’s departure] and gave them direction, stabilized the team and found the way to win important games. The next step was to have a clear idea of how to carry on with the philosophy of the football club, to be flexible, and Swansea finished in their highest ever position in the Premier League.
“Then this season is the most impressive one for me because he lost two or three important players, brought younger legs into the squad and the results on the pitch have been exactly the same. Garry deserves incredible credit for dealing with different situations while having incredible continuity on the pitch.”
Monk’s winning percentage currently sits just shy of 41 percent, which is extremely impressive considering his entire tenure has seen the Swans taking on Premier League competition. Only Martinez (50 percent), who managed his entire time at Swansea in the England’s second and third divisions, bests Monk’s numbers. Brendan Rodgers, who managed his his Swansea tenure in the Championship, checks in right at 40 percent.