VIDEO: This Interview Made Me Warm Hugely To Roy Hodgson

2 Posted by - September 13, 2017 - News, Video

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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  • tzcar September 13, 2017 - 7:56 am Reply

    why all the negativity from people.roy can do no worse than least we have someone who knowsand understands the premiership.his history suggests structured and hard to beat.we have to start somewhere don,t instinct is this time roy will give us a fighting chance.then come january who comes in via transfer window,will be decisive.good luck roy,save our bacon.

    • admin September 13, 2017 - 7:57 am Reply

      The thing is, Tzcar, people will always express doubts and fears regardless of what the club does.

      You just have to state what you think which is what I, you and every other commenter on HLTCO does, thankfully.

  • Phil H September 13, 2017 - 9:16 am Reply

    Roy is a decent fellow – untainted by sleaze or scandal. If he can stay 2 years or more that will at least stabilise things and give us a platform to move on from this period of instability.

    • admin September 13, 2017 - 9:21 am Reply

      Exactly right Phil, we could all use a period of calm.

  • JC September 13, 2017 - 9:43 am Reply

    Agreed, you can’t help but like the guy. Huge amount of experience, will drill the guys til they drop. We should at least become hard to beat, the goals will eventually take care of themselves.

    • admin September 13, 2017 - 9:47 am Reply

      The thing for me JC, is that we have goals in the team if it’s playing with confidence defensively. Sunday proved that.

  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh September 13, 2017 - 10:28 am Reply

    Hopefully he will be given more than four games if we get off to another bad start.

    Hoping this good working relationship with the england players and the FA could lead to some decent January signings that are hoping to fight their way onto the plane. Wilshere, Chambers, Gibson, Smalling, Shaw, Walcott, Gray, Winks and Antonio might all be looking for games to give themselves a fighting chance for the WC.

    Most of them are an improvement on what we have and are decent ages. The real issue is shifting Mutch, Sako, Damo and Chung

    • admin September 13, 2017 - 10:34 am Reply

      The deadwood in our squad is such an issue.

  • Pete B September 13, 2017 - 12:14 pm Reply

    Let’s hope Palace end up with a reputation for saving ex-England Managers’ reputations. Sam certainly seems very well rehabilitated already after his short, but relatively successful spell with us.
    Fingers crossed for all our sakes.

    • admin September 13, 2017 - 12:45 pm Reply

      If he keeps us up and takes six points off Brighton I’ll love him forever, Pete.

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