2 Jul 2014

Andy Cole Believes Hodgson Should Stay

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Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes that England should not part ways with Roy Hodgson despite the national team not doing well at the recent World Cup 2014. England were knocked out of the group stages despite going into the tournament with a lot of belief. Hodgson named a young squad for this tournament unlike many of the managers in previous years, who resorted to using only experienced candidates in the hope of doing well. Hodgson may have experimented with the squad, but it seems that the upcoming group is a promising one.

They played good football at the World Cup compared to the previous generations and it was only the defence that led down the team on several occasions. After the exit, there have been reports that Hodgson’s position may come under scrutiny. The England FA, though, quickly dispelled rumours by confirming that the former Liverpool and West Brom manager will remain in charge for the remainder of his contract, which still has two years left to run. Hodgson also revealed no plans of stepping down from the post despite being the worst manager – statistically – in charge of the national team at a major tournament.

England will be starting the Euro 2016 qualifiers with a lot of expectation and hope. "Who else can take the job? You've had Sven, Cappello, Kevin Keegan, Glen Hoddle, Terry Venables, Howard Wilkinson. In England everyone thinks that if you change your manager everything is going to change but it doesn't work. If it did work like that everybody would change their manager you know, it just doesn't work," said the former United front man Cole, who has played under some of the best managers in the world including Sir Alex Ferguson. England reached the quarter-finals of the previous World Cup in South Africa.