Following the arrival of Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace manager, plenty of Eagles fans are undecided over whether or not it’s a good move from the club but I have to admit, after watching the former England boss’ first interview with Palace TV’s Chris Grierson, I’m feeling strangely optimistic about him taking over from Frank de Boer.
Plenty is being made of Hodgson’s advancing years (yes, we all know he’s 70) but after a start to the season which has seen us fail to pick up a point or even score a goal in the Premier League, there appears to be no safer pair of hands than those of the Croydon-born coach.
Admittedly, his stay in SE25 is unlikely to be a particularly long one; our recent history of hiring and firing and his specific circumstances are likely to see to that but in the short-term, his style of management should give us a great chance of steadying the ship and holding onto our place at English football’s top table for another year.
Supporters are known to be sentimental souls, which should mean that Roy wins a few extra brownie points for discussing his memories of standing on the Holmesdale terrace as a boy or indeed his unequivocal statement that Palace are “THE” south London team during his interview but in essence, his legacy at Selhurst Park will be defined solely by his success in keeping the club afloat in this division.
Pundits and rival fans alike are all set to bring up England’s humbling loss at the hands of Iceland until everyone’s ears begin to bleed but if we do start to turn things around on the field, I will personally wear each person’s attempted dig as a badge of honour.
As a Palace fan, I’ve always felt most comfortable when we’re being written off. For better or worse, that seems to be what many neutrals are busy doing right now, meaning the prospect of proving them all wrong is the only motivation we should need between now and May.
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