Roy Hodgson admits he was annoyed by the need to attend another press conference after announcing that he had stepped down as England manager following Monday’s defeat to Iceland.
England crashed out of Euro 2016 with the 2-1 loss against one of the lowest-ranked teams in the competition, while in the immediate aftermath of the result, Hodgson announced his decision to quit in a pre-prepared statement to the media.
Sitting alongside the Football Association's chief executive Martin Glenn, Hodgson was clearly irked with the task of addressing the media in his final day as England manager.
“I don't really know what I'm doing here. I thought my statement last night was sufficient,“ Hodgson, whose contract was set to expire after the tournament, told reporters.
“I’m no longer the England manager, my time has been and gone, but I was told that it was important for everybody that I appear and I guess that’s partly because people are still smarting from our poor performance yesterday and the defeat that has seen us leave the tournament.
“I suppose someone has to stand and take the slings and arrows that come with it.
“My emotions are the obvious ones, I’m really, really disappointed. I didn’t see the defeat coming, nothing in the first three games we played here gave me any indication that we’d play as poorly as we did last night, but we did.
“They are one-off events, and if one of those one-off events you don’t turn up and play the football you’re capable of, even an opponent that’s not highly fancied like Iceland, who were well organised on the night, can beat you.
“I’m still recovering from that, you can understand i’m very fragile today, it wasn’t a good night for anybody because we wanted to stay in this tournament and do well. We even believed that if we’d got to the quarter-finals we could have gone beyond that.
“I think anyone who’s out there, who knows anything about football, or played a game of football, knows how I feel today.”
When Glenn was asked why he forced Hodgson to attend the press conference, the 68-year-old interjected: “I was not forced to come, I was anxious to make certain that no one in this room could accuse me of being worried or afraid to face the media.
“I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think I’ve got anything to say to you that is any different to what you know already, or that you are writing already.
“I did so because I’ve never shirked a press conference, I’ve never run away from anybody, I’ve answered questions for four years, and when suggestions were being made to me by some people that it could be construed if I didn’t turn up here today as being frightened to come here and sit in front of you, I decided I would come.
“I maintain I’m unhappy about it because it’s no longer my job, and what’s more, so much is going to be written about our failure to get to the quarter-finals that nothing I can say will do anything other than fuel the flames possibly, certainly I can’t give anybody a magic answer to any question they might have.”