Does the England Football manager hate coming to Stoke?
We think he might do having heard former referee Howard Webb who has now turned pundit speaking about the challenge of refereeing at the Britannia Stadium on BT Sport.
In the interview Webb said
“This is tough coming to Stoke, it’s the hardest place in the Premier League, by a country mile in my opinion. It’s hostile, the fans are hostile and it’s difficult for the away teams as well. I can remember standing next to a well known manager when I was fourth official. He said “I hate coming to Stoke, I hate it” and I said well, you only have to come once as an away manager, I have to come six or seven times a season and then he got sacked next week. the following month he got a new job and his first away game was here at the Britannia stadium. away at Stoke”
It is thought that Howard Webb was talking about the current England manager Roy Hodgson who was Liverpool manager on the 13th November 2010 when Stoke City beat them 2-0 with goals from Kenwynne Jones and Ricardo Fuller. Webb was the fourth official on that day. Hodgson returned 28th February 2011 managing West Bromwich Alibion for the first time in an away game.