Roy Hodgson has resigned from his position as manager of the English National Team after a shocking 2-1 loss to Iceland in the Round of 16 in the European Championships. Hodgson had held the post since 14 May 2012, and now leaves the post after four years in charge. It has also been confirmed that assistant managers Ray Lewington and Gary Neville will be leaving their posts with the national team.
— Sky Football ⚽️ (@SkyFootball) June 27, 2016
Roy Hodgson Resigns As England Manager
Hodgson has been criticized on a regular basis during his tenure as the England manager due to the lackluster performances and dull style of play the national team has shown. It seems as though the shocking loss to Iceland, a nation just barely larger than 300,000 people, was enough to send the former manager out the door. Speculation has already picked up as to who will take the reigns from Hodgson, with Gareth Southgate being the leading candidate to be the next manager of England. Southgate is currently the manager for the England U-21 National Team, a post he has held since August 2013.
Gareth Southgate is the favorite to be next England manager…
— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) June 27, 2016
In the press conference after the loss to Iceland, Hodgson said “I’m extremely disappointed. We haven’t progressed as far in the competition as I thought we were capable of, and that’s obviously not acceptable.” A statement that is likely a wide-held opinion of the result tonight, and the performance at the tournament.
Hodgson led the English National Team to a record of 33-15-8 during his tenure, but won no international competitions during that time. The English National Team currently sits 11th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, but is very likely to take a sharp drop with the loss to Iceland and lackluster performance at Euro 2016.