Hodgson reveals England manager pressures

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is still adapting to his role as national boss, and is still learning the position as he goes.

Hodgson was installed as Three Lions boss ahead of Euro 2012, with the side eliminated by eventual finalists Italy in the quarter-finals on penalties.

The trainer has confessed that he still has much to learn but is enjoying the role, despite the pressure that comes hand in hand with the position.

“I don’t know how much I enjoy it. I enjoy the job of being the England national team manager and I accept the things that go with that,” The Guardian report him as saying.

“I certainly don’t seek out the cameras but I know they’re going to follow me and I have to learn to live with it. I’m sure I will get caught out on many occasions doing something I shouldn’t!

“We can never get away from the fact we as a national team don’t pay the players. They play for the honour of representing their country, and their money and livelihood comes from the clubs.

“Which master do you serve, the one you want to because you want to play for your country or the one who pays your wages? It hasn’t been a problem so far. The clubs have been very co-operative and there have been no problems with players.

“I’ve been party to it with Switzerland and Finland, situations where clubs have an important game coming up and would rather their player stay with them than risk injury.

“It’s better now Fifa have these dates where the club game is closed down for 10 days. They’re doing everything they can to ensure the clubs don’t suffer from loaning their players out.

On the evidence of the Euros, the commitment is first-class. Twenty-two million people in England tuned in to see our game against Italy.

“It’s been suggested the national team is not viewed as being as important as the Champions League but more people watched our match than the Champions League final,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight