It’s now just two days until Crystal Palace resume their Premier League campaign against Everton at Selhurst Park, with Roy Hodgson having spoken to the press about the game in prospect earlier this afternoon.
Whilst our own desperation for the points which would lift us off the bottom of the table is a relatively enticing narrative by itself, Everton are in the midst of a mini-crisis all of their own at this moment in time.
Having relieved manager Ronald Koeman of his duties midway through October, the Toffees are still waiting to unveil their new permanent boss, with club legend and annoyingly likeable bloke David Unsworth having stepped into the Dutchman’s shoes in the meantime. There are plenty across the game who would love nothing more than for the former defender to be given the role on a full-time basis but as of today, he remains nothing more than a caretaker awaiting further instructions from the boardroom at Goodison Park.
As you would always expect from Roy, his comments to the press earlier today were measured, sensible and comfortingly upbeat; a feat which is impressive in itself given the dreary outlook anyone of a Palace persuasion gets when they happen to cast a glance at the league table.
Whilst Hodgson can never be accused of sugar-coating things, his mild manner and careful phrasing often allows him to express frustration and disapproval in a formal setting without ever giving off the impression that he’s rocking the boat particularly wildly, as managers are often seen to in the modern game. As such, his press conferences are often quite a calming watch and this week’s proved to be no different.
Within the video he gives updates on the fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Christian Benteke, discusses the difficulties we’ll face against an Everton side who have been badly under-performing all season and shares his views on the areas we’ll need to strengthen in January as we bid to fight our way out of the relegation zone before time runs out.