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Roy bravely hung on to the bitter end.

IT'S been called the impossible job and looking at former England manager Roy Hodgson 'all of a quiver' during his press conference following the shock 2-1 defeat to Iceland in Euro 2016 it was easy to see why it can turn seemingly sane men into gibbering wrecks.

To say he didn't want to be there would be an understatement though the 'frail one' kept reminding his interlocutors that he had never ducked a challenge saying he had "never shirked a press conference, because I have never run away from anybody".

It can't have been much fun having to try and explain why the world's most over-hyped team had fallen short yet again in the most humiliating fashion but as he was the boss he had to carry the can.

This was despite him saying at one point "I don't really know what I am doing here". Eh?!

The real mystery about Hodgson's appointment was how he had ever managed to cling on to the job having failed abysmally in Brazil only a few years earlier in the World Cup.

In fact there was an amusing cartoon on the front page of Private Eye at the time with the England team being disgorged for a month-long tournament and the sceptical pilot saying something along the lines of "Don't worry lads, I'll keep the engine running".

Einstein is supposed to have said: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results".

That's the default position of all England fans.


Roy Hodgson ending his stint as England manager

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 2, 2016
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