England’s coach, Roy Hodgson, on Monday night, resigned following their gutless defeat to Iceland in Nice.
On Monday night, Iceland inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats in the national team’s 144-year history to eliminate them from the European Championship.
Shortly after their defeat, 68 year-old Hodgson announced he would quit his post with immediate effect, becoming the latest high-profile leader to lose his job.
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England’s coach of four years, flanked by his assistants Ray Lewington and Gary Neville, delivered a statement within 20 minutes of the final whistle confirming he would be leaving his position on the expiry of his contract this month.
Hodgson, the highest-paid coach at the tournament on £3.5m a year, oversaw a solitary last-minute success over Wales between failing to overcome Russia and Slovakia before succumbing to Iceland.
Roy Hodgson, who won only three of 11 games across three major tournaments said;
“I’m extremely disappointed of course about tonight’s result and, ultimately, our exit from the competition.
We haven’t progressed as far as I thought we were capable of, and that’s obviously not acceptable. I’m actually proud of the work my coaching staff and I have achieved over our time at the helm of England.
The transition from the squad whose average age was 30 to now being the youngest in the tournament is both remarkable and exciting for the future of English football.
I would have loved to stay on for another two years. However, I am pragmatic and I know we are in the results business.
My contract was always up after the Euros, so now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players.
They have been fantastic and have done everything that has been asked of them. When I arrived I was told players didn’t turn up to play for their country or that they pulled out at the last minute.
I have not seen any of that. These players love to play for their country and their commitment has been unquestioned.”
The FA backed Hodgson’s decision to step down in its own statement, issued while the crestfallen England players were being escorted out by security staff, with only Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney opting to comment.