Hodgson retains FA backing but Blatter does not – Dyke

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke was pleased with Roy Hodgson’s performance at the World Cup and has reiterated his support for the England manager.

England manager Roy Hodgson

Hodgson’s side showed glimpses of potential in Brazil, but ultimately finished bottom of their group, accumulating just one point thanks to a goalless draw with Costa Rica.

The early World Cup exit has seen England drop to 20th in FIFA’s latest world rankings – their lowest placing since May 1996 when their position was hindered by not having to qualify for Euro ‘96.

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“I thought Roy Hodgson did quite a good job (at the World Cup) – I’ve got a lot of time for him, I think he’s a good guy,” said Dyke.

“I think it’s unfair to pick on him. One of the big problems English football has is the average Premier League manager lasts 12 months if you take Arsene Wenger out. The ability to look long-term therefore is going to be quite limited.

“In England your first job as a manager is to sort out your contract when you go in and the second is to sort out your contract when you leave.

“That can’t be good for English football. Our view is Roy has a four-year contract and he will continue that contract.

“Some progress was made. But what we are going to look at is, are there more fundamental changes we need to make? We’ll look at that in September.”

Some of the changes up for discussion may include the proposals set out by the FA commission in May aimed at promoting young English talent.

Dyke put forward plans to create a new League Three to accommodate 10 Premier League B teams and to implement a rule requiring clubs to select more home-grown players in their match-day squads.

“Do I think we will ever win the World Cup again? I think it’s going to get tougher and tougher unless we do something about it,” said Dyke. “There are a lot of great foreign players who we want to be here but there are a lot of bog-standard (foreign) players too.

“The real problem is there’s no pathway for teenage English boys to come through the system.

“That’s why we came up with B teams in the lower leagues so that there’s progression.”

Dyke, meanwhile, admits the FA are unlikely to back Sepp Blatter if he stands for re-election as FIFA president.

“We think there’s a limited amount of time someone should sit on the FIFA executive,” he said.

“We voted in favour of that but most voted against it. It’s that sort of reform that is needed.

“Hopefully a new president coming in would take a look at the whole structure. A lot of the European FAs made it clear they didn’t support Blatter but from the rest of the world he has overwhelming support.”