Former England manager Roy Hodgson appeared before the media in Chantilly, and it was a tense affair
Roy Hodgson was in a tetchy mood on Tuesday in a press conference after the loss to Iceland.
After crashing out of the European Championships, Roy Hodgson tendered his resignation and gave his parting statement in front of the media on Monday night, but he was before the cameras again, along with FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn, on Tuesday.
The press conference, held to address the fallout of the result, proved to be incredibly tense, as Hodgson reiterated time and time again that he wasn't sure why he had been hauled out to face further questioning.
Hodgson started by saying that "I don't really know what I'm doing here [...] 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. 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 but I suppose someone has to stand and take the sling sand arrows that come with it."
After reiterating that he wasn't sure what his role was supposed to be in the press conference, he added "I was anxious to make certain that no one in this room could accuse me of being worried or afraid to face the media."
"It was not a question of me being forced here," he added. "I maintain of course that I'm unhappy about it because it's no longer my job."
Martin Glenn, who will be in charge of the search for the man who will replace Hodgson, perhaps also chose his words poorly when he stataed that he was "no football expert" as he responded to questions from the assembled press.
As the briefing approached the last few moments, Hodgson stated that England had been "damaged" by the loss in the knockout round, while both he and Glenn apologised to the fans who had traveled to support the team in France.
"Both myself, my coaching staff and the players we feel very, very sad that we couldn't deliver what we wanted to deliver [...] of course we're sorry that we couldn't give them [the fans] the results they were hoping for. Whenever you don't meet expectations, it's a sad day."
Glenn noted, however, that the defeat against Iceland should not be what Hodgson's tenure is remebered for: "Roy's spent four years building an England team, and from what he inherited to where we are now, it's a much stronger team, it's a much stronger set up. Roy, Iceland is not your epitaph or your legacy, there's a lot to be grateful for, for what you and your team have done."
As he closed the press conference and refused to take further questions, Hodgson told the journalists in the room that he would "leave you to your stories", and walked out.