With Palace now sitting six points clear of the drop zone it would be easy to forget just how good a job Roy Hodgson has done since taking up the reins in SE25 back in September of 2017.
Whilst the footballing pedigree of Frank de Boer had Eagles fans everywhere dreaming of a bright orange future last summer, reality hit home extremely quickly once the 2017/18 Premier League season got underway. Having worked on a new tactical system throughout pre-season, the Dutchman saw his new side spanked at home to newly promoted Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the campaign, setting alarm bells ringing throughout the club.
Another three league defeats (without registering a single goal) followed before Steve Parish and his fellow directors took the brave and rapid decision to relieve the former Ajax man of his duties and call upon the experienced older head of Hodgson.
At this juncture, it’s only fair to admit that I was dead set against the idea of bringing the former England boss into the club when the announcement was made. Between the horror-show he presided over at the end of his time with the Three Lions, his failure to recognise the talents of the Wilfried Zaha whilst there and his advancing years if felt like a backwards step but with the benefit of hindsight I’m happy to admit that I couldn’t have been any more wrong.
Despite injuries by the dozen, the 70-year-old has helped us pick up 34 points in 30 games, gradually steering the players away from the foot of the table and into a position of relative comfort with the season heading into its final few weeks.
As you can see from the three tweets attached just below, the work he and his fellow coaches have done has been built on a foundation of hard graft rather than spectacular results. When all is said and done, Roy has transformed a group who had been devoid of confidence, into a well-drilled unit who are a match for anyone on their day. It’s unlikely to see him featuring in any end of season awards lists above the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche but in our corner of London, Hodgson is rightly being praised for the change he has brought about in our fortunes.
I’d love to see how we’d fare next season once the boss has had a full pre-season to get things in order. Hopefully, he is open to staying on for another year at the least.
After seven Premier League games we were rock bottom without a point or goal to our names.
With four Premier League games left to play, we're six points clear of the bottom three.
Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, Roy Hodgson has done a fantastic job for us.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) April 15, 2018
— Chris Waters (@Clapham_Grand) April 15, 2018
Since October 28th 2017, Crystal Palace have lost just 1 of 17 Premier League games against teams outside the top 6.
Roy Hodgson won't be spoken about alongside the likes of Guardiola, Klopp and Dyche when the season ends but he's done a magnificent job. pic.twitter.com/SKnZSkKRHj
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) April 16, 2018