Hodgson keen to return 'a better coach'

Roy Hodgson

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is keen on a return to management and believes he will do so as a “better coach”.

Hodgson quit after his side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

However under Hodgson, the Three Lions became only the fifth side to reach the Euros with a 100% qualification record.

“I’m hoping something will come along that will really interest me,” said the 69-year-old, who has 40 years managerial experience.

“I certainly don’t feel that I couldn’t handle the day-to-day work and the day-to-day pressures.”

Hodgson had been in charge of the national side for four years after replacing Italian Fabio Capello, winning three of 11 games in major tournament finals.

“I think you become a better coach – if wisdom is a word which is at all relevant in football,” added the former Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion boss.

“You do become a bit wiser with the years and you perhaps make a few less mistakes with players that you would have made when you were young, thought you knew it all and thought that you were invincible.”

Since Hodgson stepped down as England boss, the national side have parted company with Sam Allardyce and employed Gareth Southgate after a four-game interim spell.

Hodgson backed the former U21s manager’s appointment, adding: “If Gareth can keep a good atmosphere, can keep the players wanting to play for England, wanting to continue to improve, I can only see a very positive future.”

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