A new survey of over 2,000 football fans by online bookmaker 888sport.com has shown that former WBA and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is the right man for the job as England’s manager, rather than Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, who was recently labelled by the media as the “people’s choice”.
This would appear not to be the case as the survey reflects the fans’ overwhelming support for Hodgson, with 73% of the voters stating they’d wouldn’t be happy if Redknapp had been offered the role, while 77% support the appointment of Gary Neville to the England coaching staff. More importantly 65% of fans agree Hodgson was right to omit Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand from the squad over the alleged John Terry racial slur controversy directed at Ferdinand’s brother Anton.
Although not all fans are pleased with Hodgson’s decisions. 30% of the voters think that Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing is the least deserving of a place in the squad. It is also apparent that fans are still hurting from England’s pitiful World Cup 2010 performance with 59% of fans expecting England to exit at the Quarter-Final stage and a tiny 4.82% expect them to make it to the final. Spain are the fans’ favourite followed closely by Germany to win Euro 2012.
England have their work cut out for them as they are missing key players Frank Lampard and Gary Cahill – both having to withdraw due to injury. Cahill and team-mate Terry were first choice pairings at the back with 40% of the vote and now Hodgson will need to rely on Joleon Lescott with Terry as a pairing that got 12% of the vote. Fortunately, Wayne Rooney will only be missing twomatches through suspension for kicking out at Miofrag Dzudovic in a game against Montenegro. A lot of responsibiity and pressure is on Rooney to perform well, as he is voted England’s most likely top tournament goal scorer.
Matt Le Tissier, an ambassador for 888sport.com believes the research provides Hodgson’s men with a much-needed boost saying, “As a player and manager, it’s great to know you have the support of your fans so it’s really encouraging for Roy and England that the results show such positive feeling towards the new set up”. England fans may not be very confident about England going far in this tournament but it is clear they are confident in new manager Roy Hodgson to guide the Three Lions to further success.
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