Roy Hodgson looks a spectacular 11/20 bet to still be in his post on June 2016 in the wake of his England side’s 2-0 away win over Switzerland.
Prior to the unforeseen success in Basel, in which the Rossocrociati were favourites for victory, the pressure had seemed to be mounting on the well-travelled tactician.
A laboured win over a limited Norwergian ensemble in their preparatory clash had done little to dispel the pessimism festering in the aftermath of a winless World Cup.
Meanwhile the Croydon-born coach seemed to be seriously rattled when questioned about his side’s attacking intent after the game, if his widely-reported expletive-laced ripostes were anything to go by.
However, with failure to qualify for the 2016 European Championships the only foreseeable reason for him to get the boot before the tournament it seems the Switzerland result has all but guaranteed he’ll land the odds.
The 2-0 victory represented the best possible result in a match that, barring a miraculous upturn in form from Lithuania, Estonia, Slovenia and San Marino, looks the toughest assignment on the Three Lions’ schedule.
Encouraging signs were moderate, with incisive counterattacks glossing over a midfield display that remained short of beguiling levels of coherence.
Yet it was the first time Switzerland had lost a competitive match in the land of holey cheese, army knives and bank accounts of opaque ownership since 2010.
With few obvious signs of trouble ahead England’s players should be able to relax and express themselves against inferior opposition, adding further gloss to the incumbent gaffer’s prospects.
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