Roy Hodgson has been relentlessly positive about Palace’s chances of Premier League survival since stepping in to take over from Frank de Boer back in September but following the Eagles’ dreadful showing during their 4-1 defeat away to Bristol City on Tuesday, the former England gaffer is adamant that the club’s board will need to splash the cash in January if they are serious about survival.
Having trained the players for six weeks, Roy had been hopeful of seeing a performance full of desire from those he selected to start at Ashton Gate; sadly his hopes fell flat when the team collapsed following the home side’s equaliser midway through the opening 45 minutes.
His post-match comments to Chris Grierson left no one in any doubt over his thoughts on our play but on Thursday, when speaking to the written press ahead of today’s clash against West Ham, the gaffer went even further in his efforts to convince those above him that some serious changes will need to take place before we can think seriously about playing in the top flight next term.
As I’ve already said this week, the stereotypes that define Hodgson in the eyes of most English football fans centre around a gentle and kind soul but, over the last few days, he has proven that he’s more than capable of expressing frustration and disgust when the occasion calls for it and as a supporter, I couldn’t be happier to see it.
Yes, we have six or seven extremely good players, backed up by another half dozen who are more than good enough to play regularly in the Premier League but beyond that, we as a club need to accept that we’re carrying a large amount of dead wood and have been doing so for quite some time.
If Roy’s extremely direct comments on the subject do actually hit home at board level, we could well be seeing a great deal of change taking place as soon as 2018 begins. It would be somewhat ironic if the supposedly sweet-tempered Hodgson was the man to crack the whip loudly enough to finally wake the club up to their errors in the transfer market but you certainly won’t see me complaining if he manages it.