The last 24 hours have seen a multitude of opinions expressed over the pros and cons of bringing in Roy Hodgson to take over from Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace but when Gary Lineker asked Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand for their thoughts on the appointment last night, the trio gave it a unanimous thumbs up.
We all know that Roy’s reputation on these shores has been hugely damaged by the debacle he oversaw when England crashed out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland but by writing off a man’s entire career as a consequence of a single game, I can’t help but feel that many are underestimating his suitability for the role at Selhurst Park.
Admittedly, at 70, Hodgson doesn’t represent a long-term solution for Steve Parish and his fellow directors but after a dismal start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign, the owners are being forced to focus on the here and now rather than what may occur a few years down the line. With that in mind, there appears to be few if any better candidates for the job than Roy, with the three men mentioned above all coming to a very similar conclusion.
I and I’m sure many other Palace fans were desperate for Frank de Boer to put down roots in SE25 and build a lasting legacy but after just four games, he’s gone. Discussions over the speed of that decision from Parish can take place in the months and years to come but after a hugely prolonged recruitment process last time around, he’s acted decisively in bringing Roy on board and I’m determined to get behind it.
Whilst I don’t expect to be wowed by our play in the coming months, I simply want the new boss to bring some stability to our football club after years of turbulence. Should he be able to keep us up and organise the group once more, I won’t have a bad word to say about him.
Rather than drawing no lazy stereotypes about his age, I’ll rest on the opinions of Rio, Steven and Frank; I’m pretty sure they know more about Hodgson’s chances of success than the hordes of naysayers having a field day on social media.
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