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“I probably shouldn’t have consulted Roy Hodgson,” admits Mark Sampson

Sacked England Women's coach regrets listening to Andros Townsend case study.

By Jonny Abrams

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Sacked England Women's coach Mark Sampson
SACKED: Sampson (Image: James Boyes)

Mark Sampson admits he probably shouldn’t have sought the advice of Roy Hodgson after being sacked as England Women’s coach in a racism row.

Sampson, who led his team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup, was dismissed by the FA following allegations of discrimination made by player Eniola Aluko.

Speaking to Football Burp, Sampson rued his decision to consult former England men’s team coach Hodgson, now manager of Crystal Palace.

He said: “I rue my decision to consult former England men’s team coach Hodgson, now manager of Crystal Palace.

“He’s an experienced man manager and a personable guy, so I thought the worst that could come of it would be my team crashing embarrassingly out of a major tournament or two.

“In retrospect, I shouldn’t have listened when he used his handling of Andros Townsend as a case study. I should have covered my ears and sung my happy song.

“So now you see, it’s definitely Roy’s fault.”