‘I’m quite satisfied’ – New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson defends reign as England manager

New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he is proud of his record as England boss, despite the manner of his exit.



Hodgson’s appointment as the new Eagles head coach was confirmed on Tuesday, with the 70-year-old replacing Frank de Boer, who was sacked after Palace became the first team in Premier League history to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal.

It’s his first role since his embarrassing departure from the Three Lions job after their shock Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.

Hodgson faced criticism for his time in charge of the national team having failed to make an impact at two major tournaments, but the former boss has defended his reign as England boss.

Asked if he has a point to prove following his appointment at Selhurst Park, Hodgson told talkSPORT host Jim White: “I’m not a great believer of having a point to prove as a manager.

“The fact is that all jobs end in a way you don’t want them to end.

“Tournament football is tournament football – unfortunately when you lose a game in tournament football it’s going to be a bad end because you’re out of the tournament.

“In general terms I’m quite satisfied with the work we did over the four years – 56 games, seven defeats a lot of very good results and performances during qualifying matches.

“Unfortunately in the tournaments we weren’t able to carry that though, but I’m hoping that this current group of players, many of whom we brought into the team and worked with, will be the ones who lead England on in the next tournament.

“For me that’s a chapter in my book that has been closed and it has no effect whatsoever on the work I have ahead of me.”

READ MORE: Roy Hodgson has ‘empathy and sympathy’ for Frank de Boer after replacing him as Crystal Palace manager

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *