These Three Stats Highlight The Incredible Job Hodgson Has Done At CPFC

1 Posted by - April 16, 2018 - Daily Thoughts, News

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.

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3 Comments

  • t.carter April 16, 2018 - 7:33 am Reply

    i for one new roy, would get the player,s onside.there are quite a few qoutes before his tenure,which made it clear his heart and interest was with palace.my ownly slight fear is,he,l be 71 before next season,does he really want another crack at the premiership.rightly this should be his choice,so over 2 u roy.

  • ee signing April 16, 2018 - 10:03 pm Reply

    34 points in 30 games will do it for me. Wed be home with something to spare at that rate. Like you lets say I wasnrt inspired by the move for Roy but I was also buggered as to who we might get. I had of course dug Fulham out of a hole and his affinity with us has helped. Provide Roy stays healthy I hope he can carry on and then mabe we can plan for the succession. There was a move on Saturday that would havwe jammed all the one man team and direct style comments down peoples throats if the cross had found a man in the goal mouth with several bewitching 1 touch passes. One of tose I didnt know we had that in our lockermoment. A good weekend all round

    • ee signing April 16, 2018 - 10:07 pm Reply

      You need an edit mode on here! I meant HE dug Fulham out,

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