Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson feels that Roy Hodgson has only kept his job as he is not foreign.
Despite being out of the World Cup after just two games, the former Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom chief will not be given his marching orders after FA chairman Greg Dyke revealed that he will be staying on.
Prior to Hodgson both Eriksson and Fabio Capello were in charge, which garnered much criticism from fans and pundits due to their Swedish and Italian roots.
The current boss was a unanimously popular choice, but despite guiding England to Brazil with relative comfort their showing at the tournament has widely been described as abject.
Eriksson believes if Hodgson was foreign, he would be on his way:
“I know for sure, if that had been me, I would have been sacked at once,” he told The Telegraph. “If he were foreign, he would be sacked. I’m quite sure about that.”
Hodgson also questioned the low expectations surrounding the Three Lions’ build-up to the World Cup:
“I don’t know why the expectations are so low today,
“The expectations in the three tournaments I had the team, was the final or semi-final – no other discussions. And when we reached the quarter-final, that was not good enough.
“Today, it seems to be very, very good if you would do this. I don’t think things have changed, realistically. England has still a very, very good team.
“It’s not that the rest of the world is far, far ahead of England. It’s not like that.”