Palace fans have become used to the thought of their manager changing every year or so but with Roy Hodgson now in charge and seemingly happy to stay in the post, many are hoping for a period of stability, including defender Damien Delaney.
Since CPFC2010 took over behind the scenes eight years ago, the club have employed nine different permanent bosses, with Dougie Freedman lasting the longest at just 90 games in charge. In fairness to the directors, a sizeable chunk of those men chose to leave the club under their own steam rather than being fired but regardless of the various reasons for their departures, the hope now is for Roy to stay put long enough to at least break through the 100-game mark.
Overall, a win percentage of 26.67% doesn’t match up particularly well to the likes of Allardyce (37.5%), Pardew (40.23%) or Pulis (42.86%) but the circumstances in which Roy arrived, coupled with the incredible list of injuries he’s been forced to contend with, must be taken into account when examining his overall record.
I’m sure you don’t need me to remind you that many had already given up hope of the team retaining their Premier League status for another year when Hodgson arrived, thanks to a run of five games without a point or goal to our names under the guidance of his immediate predecessor Frank de Boer.
Admittedly, the following two games (Manchester City and Manchester United away) saw Roy fall to defeat too but after that, a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Chelsea set us up to embark on a run of results which took us outside the drop zone, where we still sit to this day.
It’s also worth noting that statistically, Palace have the easiest run-in of any Premier League side; a fact which suggests that Roy’s 30 games in charge have seen a disproportionately high number of “big” clubs lining up against us, thanks to the quirks of the fixture list.
Hopefully, he’ll be able to push his win percentage well into the thirties between now and the end of the season, guiding us to safety in the process. I think Damien Delaney speaks for the vast majority by singing the praises of the former England boss, I for one am desperate for him to stay.