Following on from Roy Hodgson’s decision to go public with his annoyance over Sam Allardyce’s mockery of his voice in his pre-match press conference on Thursday, the Palace gaffer has now revealed that he received an apologetic phone-call from Big Sam before their two sides met at Goodison Park last Saturday.
Whilst Roy is never one to dwell too heavily on petty things in the public domain, the lack of remorse shown by Allardyce in the time since he was caught on camera making fun of the 70-year-old’s tone, was clearly playing on the Palace gaffer’s mind when he met the press last week.
Of course, given the storm of press coverage which hit Allardyce soon after he took over the reins as England boss, there is a chance that he simply forgot to ever formally apologise to Hodgson, not that it’s a valid excuse. Quite frankly, the mere fact that he ever felt it necessary to make such a shallow joke at a fellow manager’s expense is rather pathetic but I suppose we should all just be thankful that he has now done the right thing and admitted that he was wrong.
For many, this side-show between Hodgson and Allardyce will be seen as an unimportant distraction from the trouble we find ourselves in at the business end of the Premier League season but after covering Roy’s initial comments in an article on Friday morning, I felt it was only right to pen a follow-up piece detailing the conclusion of the issue.
Hodgson now has two weeks to prepare his players for what will undoubtedly be a massive test at home to Tottenham, made all the more tricky by the lengthy injury list we’re currently being forced to contend with. Should he somehow pull a rabbit out of the hat and emerge from the game with another three points, it will do wonders for our chances of survival; a feat that would cement him as a cult hero at Selhurst Park, regardless of the cheap jibes others may have at his expense.