The morning after the night before, and as a dejected English public go to work the main headlines in the media are that Roy Hodgson has unequivocally stated his intention to stay in the England job in the wake of a demoralising 2-1 defeat to Uruguay, which has left England’s World Cup hopes hanging by a thread.
The social media reaction to the former Liverpool manager’s statement has been one of mixed emotions, ranging from sympathetic support to frothing bile.
By and large, it feels as though the public response to England’s defeat, whilst acknowledging the disappointing performance, is one of support for the manager and players alike.
People have taken to Twitter to express their opinions, and here are some of the more supportive reactions to the news.
No way Hodgson should resign, done a decent job. Just needs a few tweaks here and there, Sturridge, Barkley, Sterling, Ox front 4. #England
— Gwynfryn Hughes (@Gwyn82) June 20, 2014
Wait. I’m seeing posts about Hodgson should resign/be sacked. Clearly you lot have hit your head. — StevenDavid (@its_StevieBoy) June 20, 2014
Calling for #Hodgson to resign is stupid. Even Jesus wouldn’t be able to perform the miracles needed for the England team.
— Ben jones (@UK_loyal) June 20, 2014
Roy Hodgson won’t resign…quite right too. It wasn’t his fault that sitters were missed or school boy errors made. http://t.co/kCuEb33keA
— Phil Cunliffe (@phillancs) June 20, 2014
But whilst Hodgson has his supporters, there are sections of the England fanbase which have considered his announcement as unwelcome news.
Hodgson should resign. — Kingsley Abrams (@KingsleyAbrams) June 20, 2014
Roy Hodgson “Ive been happy with the way the players have responded to the work we’re doing” Really???? Happy with what?? #resign
— Jay Slater (@spurs4u) June 20, 2014
Hodgson and Neville must resign both inept clueless — Robert Sadler (@robertsadler107) June 20, 2014
Am done i wud personally stone hodgson publicly if he doesnt resign or get sacked
— Jonny Askin (@JAskin89) June 20, 2014
Greg Dyke now faces arguably his biggest decision since being inducted into the FA’s top brass. It is thought that Hodgson remains popular within the FA, but elimination in the first round raises questions over his suitability. Watch this space.