Dyke reveals FA never considered sacking England boss Hodgson

first_imgGreg Dyke has told talkSPORT the Football Association never considered sacking Roy Hodgson after England crashed out of the World Cup at the group stages.The Three Lions suffered a terrible summer in Brazil, crashing out after just two games following defeats to Italy and Uruguay, and then stumbling to a goalless draw with Costa Rica in their final match. Unsurprisingly, it led to calls for Hodgson to be sacked after two years in charge but the FA and Dyke were quick to stand by the beleaguered boss.And the FA chairman said: “We took that decision in Brazil that we thought Roy has got two years left on his contract and we thought he was the right person to take us on.“But obviously we are looking at what happened in Brazil. We are looking at all of the ways we could have done better. Someone described it to me as a disaster, but it wasn’t a disaster. It was very disappointing, but a disaster is losing 7-1 at home to Germany.“This wasn’t a disaster but I think the conclusion is it’s marginal the difference between going through and not going through. A couple of goals and we would have gone through. However, it was disappointing and we’ve got to do better in the future.”Hodgson again came under pressure following a woeful 1-0 friendly win over Norway earlier this month, but restored some pride with an impressive 2-0 victory in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.And reflecting on the start to the qualification campaign, Dyke added: “I thought that night as I went home, ‘there is a god after all’, because you could feel the pressure building on Roy from all sorts of places, from the fans and the media.“But suddenly that pressure went because that’s the hardest game in our group and we won it. However, we still have to win the rest to qualify. But I think there’s a quiet confidence that we will be there in France in two years time and our job is to do well.”last_img