BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
England manager Roy Hodgson insists the Scottish FA made the right decision by extending Gordon Strachan’s contract.
Strachan recently agreed to remain in the post for the World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign after signing a new two-year deal, despite the bitter disappointment of failing to reach next summer’s European Championships in France.
Both Hodgson and Strachan are on course to pit their wits against each other for the first time in a competitive Auld Enemy showdown in qualifying Group F following back-to-back friendly successes for England.
One-time Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Hodgson insists he is personally pleased to see Strachan remain in the Hampden dugout.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hodgson said: “He’s very good, I think he’s done a good job. I think it would have been very harsh to judge him on one or two results, which basically it was.
“It was one defeat (to Georgia) that put them on the back foot, one game shouldn’t really define two years of work.
“I think the two years of work that Gordon has done have been very good and it seems to have been appreciated, certainly by the players and also the Scottish people.
“It was good that the Scottish FA, in my opinion, made the right decision to ask him to carry on and now he has another chance to get to Russia in 2018.”