Roy Hodgson steps down following loss to Iceland

Monday 27 Jun 2016
Roy Hodgson on the touchline during the Iceland match

Roy Hodgson has stepped down as manager of the England football team with immediate effect following his side's Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.

The 68-year-old announced the end of his four-year spell in charge in a post-match press conference.

Hodgson said: "I'm extremely disappointed. We haven't progressed as far as I thought we were capable of and that's obviously not acceptable.
"I'm proud of the work my coaching staff and I have achieved during our time at the helm with England. The transition of the squad whose average age is 30 to now being the youngest in the tournament is both remarkable and exciting for the future of English football.
"I would have loved to have stayed on for another two years, however I am pragmatic and know that we are in the results business.

"My contract was up after the Euros. So now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players.

"They have been fantastic and they have done everything that has been asked of them.

"When I arrived I was told that players didn’t turn up to play for their country, or that they pull out at the last minute but I’ve not seen any of that. These players love to play for their country and their commitment has been unquestionable.

"Ray Lewington and Gary Neville have asked me to speak on their behalf. They arrived with me as part of my coaching team and they’ll leave with me. I’d like to thank them for their dedicated support and for the major part they’ve played in our team preparation.

"Finally, I’d like to thank all the support staff, players, The FA and of course the fans – it’s been a fantastic journey these four years and it’s one I’ll look back on with pride.

"Finally I’d like to thank the media for the support that you’ve given me during those four years.

"I’m sorry it’s had to end this way with another exit from a tournament but these things happen and all I can do is wish everybody all the very best and hope that you will still be able to see an England team in a final of a major tournament fairly soon…we’ve been unable to do it. Thank you very much."

Roy Hodgson announces his resignation as England manager


By FA Staff