Hodgson’s win percentage level with much derided ex boss

Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 England

With the fallout from the nation's World Cup exit dominating much of the back page news in England, it is easy to get caught up in the calls for Roy Hodgson's head.

But a question that can and perhaps must be posed is, how does Roy Hodgson compare to other England managers of the last 25 years?

The damning information is that in that time England have had 8 different managers, six of whom have been English, and barring Glenn Hoddle, the two with the best winning percentages, as well as the two longest serving, were Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello. 

Graham Taylor 1990-93 38 games 47.4% win percentage

Terry Venables 1994-96 23 games 47.8% win percentage

Glenn Hoddle 1996-99 28 games 60.7% win percentage

Kevin Keegan 1999-2000 18 games 38.9% win percentage

Sven-Goran Eriksson 2001-2006 67 games 59.7% win percentage

Steve McClaren 2006-2007 18 games 50% win percentage

Fabio Capello 2008-2012 42 games 66.7% win percentage

Roy Hodgson 2012-?? 30 games 50% win percentage

No other English manager aside from Hoddle has a winning margin above 50%, and this is despite this 25 year period overseeing a group of talented English footballers that have proved themselves both domestically and in Europe.

Though in Hodgson's defence, it can be said he has inherited a squad with many of this group already departed or on their last legs, he still currently has a win percentage level with the much ridiculed Steve McClaren.

It is hard to know who the FA should plump for if they were to discard Hodgson, with it being difficult to ignore the possibility of a high profile foreign coach once again given the percentages above.

Hodgson had not proved himself a top six manager in his last ten years of club management, and took in a difficult spell at Liverpool before his chance with England. In fact, only Keegan and Taylor managed clubs at the top of the league before they took over as England manager.

Another worrying fact is that the England manager's job appears to be somewhat of a poisoned chalice, as none of the bosses above experienced success after their exits. 

Ironically McClaren was the closest to doing so, winning the Eredivisie with FC Twente in 2010. But he then went on to disappointing spells at Wolfsburg and Nottingham Forest, before impressing once again at former club Derby County.

The FA of course has a responsibility to help develop young players that can compete, just as the Premier League perhaps should provide a platform for them to get top flight experience, but there have been plenty of examples of club and international bosses taking a group of players beyond what was previously deemed achievable according to their ability. 

Whether Hodgson should be replaced will likely rest on one question - has he brought England on from where they were under Capello? 

He may have just one more game to prove the doubters wrong.

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