Roy Hogdson sparked anger on Tuesday when he questioned if holding a press conference after his resignation as England manager was really necessary.
Following the 2-1 loss to Iceland that knocked England out of Euro 2016, much attention has been focused on the disparity between Hodgson’s salary and that of Iceland joint-manager Lars Lagerbäck.
Many felt – given his income – appearing on television was the least he could do.
So Roy Hodgson gets tetchy and says he doesn’t know why he has to do a press conference. Well how about a £3.5 million salary for starters?
Hodgson did ultimately appear at the press conference. Nevertheless, discussion of his salary has continued.
This graphic from Statista demonstrates the huge gap between Hodgson’s and Lagerbäck’s respective pay packets, as well as those of other Euro 2016 managers.
England’s pride has been badly bruised by the defeat, and many have pointed out the millions spent on the defeated England coach and management team compared the more frugal Iceland, whose other joint-manager Heimir Hallgrimsson is also a part-time dentist.
This man earns £3.5mil a year. And just got beaten by a part-time Icelandic dentist.
Just remember. Roy Hodgson was the highest paid coach at the tournament. Higher than Conte, Del Bosque, higher even than Löw
Some have given Hodgson the credit for resigning ahead of his contract running out and thereby returning some of his salary to the Football Association.