When Roy Hodgson was appointed as England manager, many people were surprised. It was almost presumed that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp was going to get the nod, but it wasn’t to be.
It wasn’t long after the announcement that England had asked to speak to West Brom about Hodgson that the negativity began. On Twitter, people were wondering why Hodgson had been appointed. It was seen as a ‘boring’ decision by the FA.
Bet365 pushed England out to long odds of 12/1 to win the tournament.
Latest England Stage of Elimination Betting Odds:
- Group Stages 7/4 with Paddy Power
- Quarter Finals 11/5 with Bet365
- Semi Finals 5/1 with Ladbrokes
- Runners Up 10/1 with Paddy Power
- Winners 12/1 with William Hill
This is very harsh on a man with such experience though. In effect, what England have done is appoint an Englishman who has managed all over the world and internationally. He is also someone that will view this job as the pinnacle of his career.
The bookmakers make England short odds to qualify from their group at 8/13, but they are predicting the Three Lions will not go much further.
So, why the negativity? Well, if we are being honest, anyone could have been appointed and it would attract some criticism. That is just the way it is with England fans and the English media.
Bizarrely though, it was the latter that made people start to really back Hodgson. During his first press conference as England manager, Hodgson was constantly asked about his negative spell at Liverpool, Harry Redknapp and the John Terry court case.
Meanwhile, The Sun were mocking the 63-year-old’s speech impediment and many England fans thought ‘Hang on a minute, shouldn’t we give the guy a break?’ So, as it stands, England fans are firmly behind Hodgson and will be as passionate ever when backing his team in Euro 2012.
As for how well he will do, nobody knows. The England football team is extremely unpredictable and you could probably have Jose Mourinho in charge – a man who has won things everywhere he has gone – only for the tournament to end in disappointment.
What we can say is that Hodgson is a respected football manager and one that is tactically astute. He has good players at his disposal and will do everything in his power to make Euro 2012 a success.
So, are England doomed under Hodgson? Far from it. Will they win Euro 2012? Unlikely, but you never know what can happen in this beautiful game.