VIDEO: Gary Neville Loves Roy Hodgson & He’s Here To Tell You Why

0 Posted by - May 1, 2018 - News, Video

Having taken Crystal Palace from rock bottom of the Premier League table to the heady heights of 11th with two games left to play, Roy Hodgson has been given a fair amount of praise by the press over the last week or so but perhaps the most intriguing analysis of job the Eagles boss has done since September came from Monday Night Football pundit Gary Neville yesterday evening.

Whilst the game is littered with ex-pros who’ve worked with Hodgson in some capacity, Neville enjoyed a privileged insight into the coaching methods and tactical ideology that the man holds dear when working with him as part of England’s backroom set-up between 2012 and 2016.

Admittedly, the Manchester United legend is unlikely to ever be swayed from the view that Sir Alex Ferguson is the best manager he’s worked under but even so, the warmth and respect he has for the current Palace boss highlights just how highly thought of the 70-year-old is amongst his peers.

Referencing an interview given by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Wilfried Zaha a couple of months ago, Neville does a fine job of separating Hodgson from the stereotypical “journeyman” managers that he so often gets lumped in with by the uninformed masses, describing it as an “absolute insult” to the work that Roy Hodgson does on a day-to-day basis with his players.

Of course, the manner in which Roy’s time in charge of the Three Lions ended will always give his critics as easily reachable stick with which to beat him but you need only look at the reputation he has at Fulham, West Brom and now Palace to see that he is actually an extremely good club manager when given an appropriate amount of time and space in which to work.

He won’t win Manager of the Year; that accolade is almost certainly heading straight into the hands of a certain Pep Guardiola but it’s good to see someone with Neville’s profile doing everything he can to shine a light on Roy’s achievements alongside the City boss.

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  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh May 1, 2018 - 10:52 am Reply

    Completely agree with this. Unlike Allardyce, Pardew, Pulis, Hughes and Moyes Roy has actually won things as a manger and managed national teams and foreign teams successfully. Most of the other managers have had one stand-out spell – Allardyce at Bolton, Pulis at Stoke, Moyes at Everton – then never been able to repeat the trick. Bar Liverpool and England Roy has done well at nearly every team he has managed and surpassed expectations.

    • admin May 1, 2018 - 2:52 pm Reply

      Roy’s CV is insanely good. I’ll happily admit to being rather ignorant as to his achievements across the European game prior to his arrival at Selhurst but in the months since, it’s become obvious that we have a hugely talented man in charge.

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