The Roy Hodgson Stat That Will Give You Sleepless Nights

As England make their way through the tragicomedy that will ultimately be their Euro 2016 campaign, it has been revealed that Roy Hodgson is the best paid manager at the tournament.

The fact the Football Association have made a man who felt that Paul Konchesky would benefit Liverpool the highest paid manager on the European international stage is concerning/baffling/ridiculous.

Obviously when such discussions are had over wages, it won’t really boil down to other managers’ salaries. We can’t imagine Hodgson being like, “Well, I was on the blower to Conte earlier and he said he’s on £4.6million,” because, if he did, you’d like to think the FA would then go, “Right, so you definitely aren’t worth more than Conte, so it’s good to know what he’s earning.”

The fact Hodgson is paid more by managers with World Cup successes on their CVs and a bloke who is going to be the next Chelsea gaffer, highlights everything that is flawed about the English game: rewards for mediocrity, more money than sense and a lack of understanding of what is going on in the game.

Take Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi as an example, after an impressive week during the 2015/16 season, which saw the creative midfielder perform admirably at the Nou Camp and score against Everton, Arsenal rewarded him with a new contract. It saw the Nigerian’s £750-per-week wages rise to £10,000. And then you had the FA falling over themselves trying to convince the Gunners man to switch allegiances from Nigeria to the Three Lions after 318 minutes of first-team football for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Now, it’s not Iwobi’s fault or Hodgson’s. But if representing your country is the most important and honourable thing for anyone in football (apparently), why do England have to overpay for someone to have the ‘privilege’ of being part of the Three Lions?

Especially if the value for money ends up being a draw against Russia.