Media finally turns on Hodgson
England manager Roy Hodgson has quickly discovered success offers no protection from a media pummelling as his country stayed true to form. London – England manager Roy Hodgson has quickly discovered success offers no protection from a media pummelling as his country stayed true to form by preparing for a major tournament by vilifying the man in charge. Instead of opening the papers to bask in the joy of World Cup qualification, Hodgson found himself at the centre of a racism debate after using the “feed the monkey” punchline from an old NASA joke in his halftime team talk on Tuesday against Poland.
Take, for example, the gushing obituaries for Bobby Robson following his death in 2009 which were at odds with the often savage treatment he faced as national team manager between 1982 and 1990. Dubbed “Plonker” and ordered after a 1-1 friendly draw against Saudi Arabia to “In the name of Allah – go!”, he was later fondly remembered as a perfect gentleman whose 1990 side were a whisker away from a place in the World Cup final.
Fabio Capello, who oversaw a very smooth qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup, then faced criticism over his strict methods after a poor showing at the actual tournament and was mocked for his command of English.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The StarSimilar Stories