Roy Hodgson resigned during a Monday night press conference, but then appeared at a press conference on Tuesday to answer for the team’s flaws… again. It did not go well.
“I don’t know what I’m doing here,” Hodgson said, noting he thought his words of resignation on Monday should’ve sufficed.
“I’m no longer the England manager. My time has been and gone. But I was told by everybody that it was important that I appear and I guess that’s partly because people are still smarting from our poor performance. … I suppose someone has to stand and take the slings and arrows that come with it,” he added.
When asked if the English Football Association “forced” him to be there, however, Hodgson said, he was not forced to come, but “anxious to make certain that no one in this room could accuse me of being worried or afraid to face the media.”
So, to be clear, Hodgson did know what he was doing there then.
“I maintain, of course, I’m unhappy about [holding this press conference] because it’s no longer my job,” he said, minutes before declaring that actually it still was his job until the end of the press conference.
“And what’s more, so much is going to be written about our failure to get to the quarterfinals that nothing I can say would do anything other than fuel the flames possibly.”
Yeah, this press conference probably wasn’t the best plan.
Even more of a train wreck, though, may have been the association’s chief executive Martin Glenn, who quizzically announced at least twice during the press conference, “I’m not a football expert.” Did I mention he’s the chief executive of England’s association?
That really didn’t go over well…
Glenn, despite not being a soccer expert, warned that fixing the team won’t be an easy task.
“People are looking for quick answers because we are feeling raw,” he said (via the BBC). “I think we need to have a wide consultation. There is not one single thing that we can say ‘if we fix that it will work.’ “