Former England manager Graham Taylor wants current boss Roy Hodgson to stay on beyond Euro 2016.
Hodgson’s contract expires at the end of the tournament in France and the former Switzerland, Inter and Liverpool manager has previously insisted he will only extend his deal if he is wanted.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has talked up the possibility of a new contract for Hodgson, whose side have a 100 per cent record in qualifying for Euro 2016.
And Taylor, who managed England from 1990 to 1993, told Perform: “I have great respect for Roy.
“Roy is the only England manager that has ever been appointed that has previous experience of World Cup tournaments with Switzerland.
“I think Roy has done well in what was a trying time for English football because so much is expected of us and we haven’t delivered in terms of how we should have done.
“I do think that Roy has done a very good job and part of me hopes that he does well and probably stays a bit longer in the job.
“It’ll be down to him. There’s always people wanting to change manager for one reason or another.
“So I hope Roy and the team do very well and let’s hope it might be down to him whether he stays on or not.”
Graham Taylor was speaking in his role as a Football Foundation Ambassador at the opening of a new third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP) at the Belper Leisure Centre, Derbyshire. The pitch was made possible thanks to a £207,221 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, a three-year £102m commitment to improving the nation’s grassroots football facilities.
The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
Graham Taylor is an Ambassador for the Football Foundation who are celebrating their 15-year Anniversary. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported 13,000 grassroots sport projects with grants worth £520m and leveraged £736m in additional partnership funding, thereby delivering schemes with a total project cost of £1.24bn into the grassroots game.