Hodgson queries England wait

Date published: Monday 27th July 2015 6:38

Hodgson’s contract runs out next July and new FA chief executive Martin Glenn has said that no extension will be offered until after the tournament in France.

Glenn described the 67-year-old manager as “comfortable” with the plan but, speaking after the World Cup qualifying draw in St Petersburg at the weekend, Hodgson was adamant that he wanted to continue and suggested that speculation about his future could prove a distraction ahead of the European Championship finals.

“I don’t quite know what the situation is,” said Hodgson. “I haven’t spoken to Martin yet. Am I happy with it? I don’t know. There are a lot of considerations.

“It means there will be lots of speculation the moment we qualify, until the tournament itself. Whether that is the right thing, I don’t know.

“I do understand also there have been incidences in the past where people’s contracts have been renewed and then it has gone badly in a tournament and, as a result, the FA have found themselves with someone they no longer wanted. So I understand both positions really.

“The Euro 2016 (arrangement) suits me perfectly well at the moment. In answer to the question ‘would you like to continue working with this team?’, I suppose the answer has got to be ‘yes’.

“It is a wonderful job and, if the FA want me to continue with it, I would be happy to do so. I am still young enough.

“I haven’t spoken to Martin and (I don’t know) where he made these comments but no doubt it will be explained to me.”

Last week Glenn told Sky Sports News HQ: “One of my values is you pay for performance and Roy understands if we have a good Euros that will set him up well.

“The past history of giving England managers long, long contracts, I can see why it gives certainty. But I also like to have a bit of uncertainty to encourage people to go that extra yard to get results.

“Roy is very happy with the situation. We’re investing a lot in the England set-up so he has far more resources to play with and it’s just not an issue.”

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