London: England boss Roy Hodgson has compared the pressures of his current job to being on his deathbed.
Hodgson saw England suffer a setback in their World Cup qualifying campaign with last week’s stalemate against Ukraine at Wembley, and claims he will be become engulfed by criticism sooner or later given the weight of expectation on his shoulders.
"All you can hope is that you can enjoy that time on your death bed and that, when you’re resurrected a few years later, people say, ``You know, he wasn’t that bad``," the Daily Express quoted Hodgson, as saying.
However, highlighting how the negativity that surrounded the tenure of Sir Bobby Robson, above, as coach was transformed into a positive when he led England to the World Cup semi-finals in 1990, Hodgson hopes that he will, ultimately, be remembered in a similar vein.
"I know I’ll be vilified at some point, but I hope when that vilification comes, somewhere down the line I’ll get the redemption that a Bobby Robson had," Hodgson said.