No new deal for Roy Hodgson ahead of Euro 2016, insist FA

first_imgEngland may have enjoyed a faultless European Championship qualifying campaign but that will not prompt the Football Association into offering Roy Hodgson a new deal.Hodgson, out of contract after next summer’s tournament, has expressed fears that delaying a decision on his future could generate speculation and uncertainty in the build-up to the Euros.But FA chief executive Martin Glenn insists there will be no talks over a new deal until the finals end as they look to avoid a repeat of the “unsavoury position” that emerged with Fabio Capello.Capello was given an extended deal just weeks before the 2010 World Cup began – a tournament which then became a major disappointment for England and the FA found themselves saddled with the Italian.Glenn, speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, said: “Roy is very comfortable with the situation. What we wanted to avoid was the slightly unsavoury position we had with Fabio Capello at the end of the World Cup where it clearly didn’t work.”Glenn also revealed that the FA will make renewed efforts to secure a Great Britain women’s football team for the 2020 Olympics despite opposition from the other home nations.He said: “It’s a huge loss [missing out on 2016 Olympics]. I understand the politics, which is national associations wanting to protect their position as a British team might put that at risk.“There’s an elite group of three or four countries who see the Olympics along with the World Cup as the most important tournament. I think it’s a real shame.“I wish we had had more time to persuade the Welsh, Northern Irish and Scots this would be a better thing but we are going to try really hard and there is going to be a lot of political pressure to make sure it happens in 2020.”Glenn also suggested England is perceived as arrogant within the global game and said the fact the organisation is called ”the FA” – as the first governing body in football – is ”the ultimate expression of arrogance.”Asked if the FA could be rebranded the ”English FA” Glenn said: ”Possibly. But it is not an ultimate priority.””What’s seen to be the case, we get interested in the international game when it suits our purposes … to host a World Cup. It’s a global game. We have to build global alliances. We have to be seen to be a force for good.”I think we are perceived as arrogant. I don’t think we necessarily are but perceptions matter.” Roy Hodgson 1last_img