Poor Roy will have to learn some special skills to cope

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You’ve got to feel sorry for England manager Roy Hodgson because at times his job must feel like a poisoned chalice.

The poor man has been the butt of people’s jokes since he started due to the way he speaks and the fact he bears a passing resemblance to a startled owl.

Now he’s been advised by Harry Redknapp to think twice about travelling by Tube after some fairly innocuous comments he made to commuters about Rio Ferdinand were blown way out of proportion.

Maybe Roy’s main problem is he’s just too normal to cope with the daft shenanigans that come with managing the national football team.

You need to be a special breed of man to cope with football hacks and indiscreet blokes on public transport.