Hodgson Gives Palace Fans A Big Lift With Comments Regarding His Future

1 Posted by - March 5, 2018 - News

Roy Hodgson may now be on the wrong side of 70 but late last week, the former England boss gave the impression that he’s more than open to the idea of signing a contract extension at Crystal Palace when the time calls for it.

Anyone who has been paying attention to the Eagles’ form under their new gaffer will have seen the huge impact he’s made but given his advancing years, large swathes of the club’s fan-base had automatically assumed that Hodgson would be apprehensive about sticking around next season.

You need only look at the departures of Freedman, Pulis and most recently Sam Allardyce to understand why Palace fans the world over have come to expect that their managers will leave them high and dry but in Hodgson, we appear to have acquired a boss who puts the club’s well-being above anything else and I couldn’t be happier about it.

It’s worth remembering that at both Fulham and West Brom, it took job offers from Liverpool and England respectively to tempt Roy away and now, thanks to a managerial career which has already spanned more than 40 years, Hodgson is in no way inclined to pursue employment elsewhere. Having started in south London, he seems more than happy with the idea of finishing here too; a coincidence which serves as a perfectly timed gift to us given the predicament we find ourselves in as things stand.

I’ll admit that I had fully expected Roy to call it a day in May regardless of our success or failure in the battle against the drop but he and Ray Lewington seem to be genuinely enjoying their time in SE25, leaving me to state that I will be over the moon to see them both standing in the Selhurst Park dugout next season regardless of the division we find ourselves in.

Should we pull off an escape act and retain our place in the Premier League I fully believe that Hodgson will lead us to a higher finish at the end of next term than this one and if we are to go down, I literally cannot think of a man I’d rather have in place to steady the ship and prepare us for the challenge of bouncing straight back into the top flight.

He may be getting on but Roy’s approach to the Palace job has been the living embodiment of the phrase “age is nothing but a number”. His energy and enthusiasm for the role has outstripped many who have come before him and his ability to firefight following the loss of more than a dozen first-team players has been simply remarkable.

I’d love him to stay for five more years let alone one.

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8 Comments

  • Spiceboy March 5, 2018 - 10:35 am Reply

    Not quiet sure all palace fans want him extending his stay. Let’s not forget he plays wilf up front who looks dire until he is shifted to the wing, he plays cheek on the wing when clearly his best position would be AM, he bought on Delaney against spurs enough said, he also didn’t kick off at the board in January for not backing him where as I’m pretty sure big Sam & co would of gone ballistic. Lastly benteke does not seem to have had a rocket put up his ass to improve his work rate and from what I hear the players aren’t 100% match fit which is why we r getting so many injuries. Some injuries obviously not his fault but some are. Just saying guys I would prefer a young up and coming manager if he keeps us up thank you Roy if not time for change and better researching of managers & players required. We could of had dyche and been sitting pretty ffs.

    • admin March 5, 2018 - 10:55 am Reply

      I’ll break this down bit by bit..

      1.) He played Wilf up front because of a lack of options.

      2.) He brought Delaney on because Tomkins couldn’t continue, not through pure choice.

      3.) He didn’t kick off at the board because it would have done the club no good and just caused more friction.

      4.) Big Sam would have gone ballistic and that’s exactly why he “retired” in the summer and took the Everton job a couple of months later.

      5.) Benteke isn’t working hard enough but I’m not sure you can blame Roy for that. You need only look at the improvement in Sako’s game to see that (if there’s a willingness from the player himself) Roy can work wonders.

      6.) We would all like a young manager who actually gets results but as FDB proved, it’s not always an exact science. Dyche could have come in but we chose not to offer him the job, that’s the fault of the board not Roy.

      7.) It’s incredibly easy to forget that we looked totally buried when Roy arrived. No points, no goals and no hope. The mere fact that we’re still just a point from safety is something of a miracle given the injuries we’ve had.

      This isn’t me reacting angrily, I just disagree with your view, mate. We all want the team to be a success, I suppose differences of opinion over how we get there are inevitable,

      • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh March 5, 2018 - 11:19 am Reply

        Only gripe is why Damo was on the bench instead of Jach.

  • Graham March 5, 2018 - 12:51 pm Reply

    While I’m happy with Roy wanting to hang around, given his age I would say this is a perfect opportunity to get someone in to understudy him for a year or two prior to taking over when he retires.

  • Spiceboy March 5, 2018 - 1:02 pm Reply

    All good hoppo I respect your points but in answer to your points 🙂

    1) he had options when cheek was fit to play him AM and wilf wing but didn’t probably would have been a far more balanced team. Just saying.

    2) Dammo did not need to come on is my point he is finished why not drop riederwald to cb and bring on fresh legs to close down in the middle that was my point.

    3) Roy was promised money & a keeper in January but nothing happened bar sloth who may be ok when fit bar that he should have been seething

    4) promises were made and not kept that’s why pullis left and probably Sam. Parish is very poor in transfer windows. Not toys fault but he should of stood up for himself.

    5) drop benteke stick in sloth for a bit and try rakip on the wing. It seriously can’t hurt. He won’t though as he follows orders and parish probably will make him play the lazy ass that is bentek.

    We can all agree if benteke worked hard and didn’t score we would support him he just doesn’t and needs to be dropped for a while to shake him up

  • Spiceboy March 5, 2018 - 1:03 pm Reply

    I got bored after that

    • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh March 5, 2018 - 9:07 pm Reply

      He’s worked his nuts off so far tonight.

  • t.carter March 6, 2018 - 8:49 am Reply

    on the whole hoppo,i agree with your view.but i belive this is likely to happen.the american,s are not associated with failure.and i sense.parish and freedman will be axed.partcually the mess over successive transfer debacles.i belive roy,will be got rid of,again failure is not an option.personally i would like this,as i feel we will go down.do u really belive we will beat chelsea,liverpool,huddersfield away.too much asked of final 6 games.so for me clean sweep,and most of the player,s to go ass well.yes we played well in first half.but like spurs.this team cannot stay the course.and finally ive been benteke,s harshist critic.but i thought he was ok. last nighr.

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