Despite a few questionable performances, England is almost certain to make the knockout stage at Euro 2016.
Even so, questions are swirling about head coach Roy Hodgson’s future in charge of the national team. His tactics, starting lineups, and substitutes have all been grilled following the country’s first two matches.
England collapsed late in a 1-1 draw with Russia despite dominating most of the match. Then, the team looked to be sputtering against Wales before a late winner by substitute Daniel Sturridge.
FA chairman Greg Dyke discussed Roy’s future during an appearance on BBC Radio 5 Live show Sportsweek, with the entire spectrum in play. “What we have said if we have done well and we played well then I think he will be renewed. Doing well? Semi-finals would be great; quarter-finals if we play well and meet one of the best sides and unfortunately lost or went out on penalties, something like that. If you can win it that is great success. If you get knocked out in the group stage that is disaster. That is the sort of discussion that will go on.”
While he never gave a true benchmark, Dyke said if the tournament is deemed a success, they would likely offer Hodgson a contract extension. “I think we have been pretty clear with Roy and ourselves, no decision will be taken until this tournament is over. What we have said if we have done well and we played well then I think he will be renewed.”
Following his discussion about Hodgson, Dyke also made very interesting comments about the nationality of Hodgson’s successor, whenever that becomes necessary. Citing the relative lack of English players in the Premier League these days, Dyke said, “My view is you’d want someone who has managed in England and understands English football, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has to be English.”