HODGSON STAYS

The chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has made it clear that the manager of the national team Roy Hodgson is not going to be sacked in the near future.

England’s performance in the World Cup qualifiers hasn’t been impressive so far and there is a possibility that the Three Lions might end up not qualifying for the finals in Brazil.

There were speculations that if England fails in making it to the finals, Hodgson might find himself being sacked. But, Dyke’s statements suggest that it’s not likely to happen.

In one of his recent interviews, Dyke said, “If the results haven’t gone our way, it doesn’t mean that we should sack the manager. Appointing a new manager all of a sudden is not going to help. It will unsettle everything. We have seen that quite often in club football.”

“It would be really disappointing if we don’t make it to the finals. But, that’s not the end of everything. You always have chance to recover from a setback. A couple of years later, there will be a Euro Cup and then, two years after that; there will be a World Cup again.”

“There have been times in the past when we didn’t make it to the finals, but, we bounced back.”

England has to play a couple of world cup qualifiers in September. The first one of them is on 6th against Moldova and then, 4 days later, they will take on Ukraine. Both those games will take place at the Wembley Stadium.
Meanwhile, Dyke has admitted that FA’s first priority at the moment is to name a new manager for the U-21 team. FA has recently terminated Stuart Pearce who had been in charge of the U-21 team since the last 6 years.