LONDON • Roy Hodgson, the England manager, has admitted for the first time that he would like to remain in his post beyond next year's European Championships. He suggested that the Football Association's decision not to discuss his future until after the tournament could overshadow preparations for the finals in France.
The 67-year-old is adamant that he is "young enough" to guide the team through a qualifying group for Russia 2018 that brings the prospect of two mouth-watering meetings with Scotland. His current contract expires at the end of this season and he has not discussed an extension with Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, for almost a year.
Martin Glenn, the FA's newly installed chief executive, told The Times that the organisation's policy is no longer to offer managers "long-term contracts, regardless of performance" in leading finals.
"I would rather be relating contracts to results," he said.
Glenn believes Hodgson is comfortable with that arrangement.
But the England manager's response to those comments suggested that that assessment may not be entirely accurate, not least because he fears any uncertainty around his position could breed doubt as his squad attempt to "make an impact" in France.
Hodgson said: "In answer to the question, would you like to continue working with this team, I suppose the answer has got to be yes.
"I am still young enough.
"Am I happy with (waiting until after the Euros to discuss an extension)? I don't know. There are a lot of considerations. It means there will be lots of speculation the moment we qualify until the tournament itself. Whether that is the right thing, I don't know."
THE TIMES, LONDON