So, after weeks of predicting that Harry Redknapp would be the saviour of English football, the FA, like only the FA know how to do, dropped a bombshell on English football once again by installing Roy Hodgson as the new boss on a four-year-deal. The reaction?
Well as expected it has been about as positive as the outlook of a person about to be sentenced to a lifetime imprisonment. For the first time in a long while the managerial position of the national team had seemingly brought the cartographic conclusion and agreement that it should have been Redknapp.
His odds of just 1/8 even on Saturday morning certainly put forward the argument that it was only a matter of time before he was appointed.
But the FA have decided against the choice of the fans, media and seemingly every single pundit in English football and elected to go with previous international experience with Hodgson, who has had spells managing at Switzerland, UAE and Finland.
It was that factor that chairman David Bernstein focused on in Hodgson’s opening press conference.
However, the main argument that surrounds the appointment is Hodgson’s inability to cut it at the top level when top players are at his disposal. At both Liverpool and Inter Milan, Hodgson failed comically in the high pressurised situation and many are expecting the same here – they will probably be the people taking the 20/1 with Coral on Hodgson walking away at the end of the Euros.
But let’s get one thing straight here; can England be classified as top team on the International stage? It’s been 36 years since a major trophy was won; with the best they achieved being a laughably celebrated victory in Le Tournoi and two semi-final appearances in major finals.
England simply are not a force on the world stage and Hodgson is supremely talented at overachieving with mediocre players.
He may not be the thrills and spills that Redknapp would have ultimately brought to the job, but he could just be the man England need at this current time.