Familiar failings and poor mentality, it's a wonder Hodgson lasted so long

England manager Roy Hodgson

Another big job for Roy Hodgson, another abject failure - his time with England lasted for too long.

England head coach Roy HodgsonEngland head coach Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson should have been relieved of his duties far earlier than he was, as he was given time to tender his resignation as England manager after last night's debacle against Iceland in Nice. 

To be precise, he should have gone on 25th June 2014 - the day after presiding over England's worst World Cup campaign after defeats to Italy and Uruguay, and a goalless draw against Costa Rica.

There is a joke on Merseyside about when Hodgson was in charge of Liverpool. The fanbase turned on him - notably during a 1-0 defeat to Wolves in December 2010: "Hodgson for England" was the ironic chant going up around the ground. No-one expected the FA to take it remotely seriously - yet here we are. 

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson against WolvesLiverpool manager Roy Hodgson against Wolves

His time at Anfield was blighted by poor decision-making, alienating sections of the fanbase, tactical ineptitude and a distinct lack of passion for the job - and some dreadful man management of players. 

Remember the Raheem Sterling episode when he said he was tired? Metaphorically speaking that was pushing him under a bus, and frankly one doubts he was ever going to rediscover some promising form under Hodgson. Sterling was then subject to several reminders about those comments at every league game that followed from opposition fans. Terrific work Roy.

At the group stage of the major tournaments, Hodgson picked up 13 points from nine games - which would only be deemed satisfactory at club level if it was a newly promoted club keeping their heads above water earlier on in the season.

England head coach Roy Hodgson celebrates after England's Daniel Sturridge scores their second goalEngland head coach Roy Hodgson celebrates after England's Daniel Sturridge scores against Wales

Some said he should have been given more time at Liverpool when he left the club six points above the relegation zone. England are the example of what happens when you give him more time - no improvement follows. Instead he has been hiding behind the excuse of the players being young.

Yes, he led England to a perfect qualification campaign for Euro 2016, but it was a ridiculously easy group to get out of. As soon as they beat Switzerland in their first game it looked impossible for them not to qualify as group winners. 

But when the pressure is on, and England need to produce, Hodgson simply can't. Players were played out of position, those bereft of confidence were starting games and there were questions about his squad from the outset in terms of his loyalty to players who hadn't necessarily been fit to participate for their club all season.

Roy Hodgson and Gary Neville against IcelandRoy Hodgson and Gary Neville against Iceland

His departure, without frankly answering questions about the debacle that he had just presided over was poor to say the last, some would say a disgrace. Instead of addressing his players, he was planning on how he could leave without any scrutiny. No answers, or thoughts offered. "I'm off, bye."

England deserve better, and deserve some competence. 

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