Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson and Managers Under the Most Pressure

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Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson and Managers Under the Most Pressure
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As England prepares to open Euro 2012 group play against France, manager Roy Hodgson faces even more pressure than that which is routinely placed on the man in his position.

Hodgson first ignited England's rabid fan base by omitting Rio Ferdinand from the Euro 2012 roster. He claimed the decision was made purely for football reasons. Reading strike Jason Roberts tweeted that this claim is "insulting the people's intelligence."

Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph speculates that Ferdinand was snubbed because his brother Anton was allegedly racially abused by John Terry. Playing Ferdinand and Terry on the same side would thus come with it's share of locker room drama.

The news that Terry tweaked his hamstring on Saturday and now may not be fit for tonight's match only fuels the fire burning under Hodgson's decision.

Terry isn't the only player Hodgson could be missing, either. Star forward Wayne Rooney is suspended. Gareth Barry was ruled out of the tournament with an abdominal injury. Danny Welbeck and Glen Johnson have been nursing ankle and toe injuries. Scott Parker's health is questionable as well.

As Andrew Anthony of the Observer points out, "hysterical optimism is the traditional prelude to an early England exit." Perhaps this firestorm will actually help Hodgson, a manager who thrives under circumstances of low expectation.

But if it doesn't, don't expect him to be treated with much grace.

At least Hodgson isn't alone. Here are four other managers facing intense pressure heading into Euro 2012.

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