Hodgson relaxed over future


Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Roy Hodgson does not need a new, extended contract to feel comfortable in his role as England manager.

The 67-year-old succeeded Fabio Capello at the Three Lions helm in May 2012, penning a four-year deal taking him through Euro 2016.

England’s place at the finals in France looks all but assured having started Group E with four straight wins, leading to growing talk about life afterwards.

Several high-profile players have expressed their desire for Hodgson to sign a new deal, but that is not something the he is worrying about.

“I don’t know what I will be happy with,” the England boss said, laughing. “I will be happy, first of all, to qualify.

“I will be extremely happy and then I will see what the situation is. There is plenty of time.

“I’ve got to say, when I took this job on for four years, that was really my focus. I am delighted to have been given that four-year period and delighted that I am still in the job and things are going reasonably well at the moment.

“But let the future take care of itself. I don’t need the comfort of people telling me ‘you’re with us for a longer period’.

“Let’s wait to see how things go and let’s see what people want to do. When a discussion comes around, we can think about it.”

For now, Hodgson is only concerned about ensuring there are no slip-ups in qualification for Euro 2016.

The Three Lions boss believes the players will likely be stronger now thanks to the “bad experience” of last year’s World Cup and is very comfortable with where they are right now.

“The fact is it’s a magnificent job and I’m really pleased to have this job and to be given the chance to do this job,” Hodgson said.

“At the moment, the fact that the players and the people who employ me seem comfortable with me and as comfortable with me as I am with them, that’s enough for me.

“I don’t need to look further at this stage in my career. We’ll see what transpires, we’ll see what happens and when the day comes we’ll discuss it.

“I don’t want to out stay any welcome that’s for sure, we’ll see what happens.”

Published: Thursday 19th March 2015 by The News Editor

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