Tottenham Boss Rates Hodgson Above Guardiola & I Love Him For It

1 Posted by - May 7, 2018 - News

When Roy Hodgson arrived at Crystal Palace in September of 2017, the Eagles were staring relegation in the face but now, with one game to spare, Roy and his coaching staff have secured the club’s Premier League status for a sixth straight year, prompting Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino to claim that the 70-year-old is the rightful recipient of the Manager of the Year award.

Whilst the likes of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Sean Dyche are already regularly being spoken about in line with the accolade, it is the Argentine’s belief that the former England gaffer has pulled off the biggest miracle of anyone this term by transforming a seemingly doomed group of players into the well-oiled machine that sent Stoke City down on their own pitch over the weekend.

Having spoken shortly after Hodgson’s players tore Leicester City to shreds in a 5-0 thrashing at Selhurst Park, Pochettino’s comments certainly stand up to scrutiny from my point of view. Of course, the likes of Guardiola and Klopp have worked wonders, winning the Premier League title and reaching a Champions League final respectively, whilst Dyche has taken Burnley to Europe on a relative shoe-string but in Hodgson, Palace have a manager who has pulled off what had previously appeared to be an impossible task.

It’s easy to downplay the scale of his achievements with the benefit of hindsight but when he first stepped foot in the Selhurst dugout, there wasn’t a single pundit or fan who gave Palace a snow-cone in hell’s chance of staying afloat. Throw in the ridiculous number of injuries Roy has been forced to contend with, alongside a worryingly poor January transfer window and the consistency he’s managed to drag out of his players is all the more astounding.

I’d be very surprised if Roy is given the honour of Manager of the Year ahead of his aforementioned contemporaries but it’s good to know that a man with the standing of Pochettino is on the same wave-length as many Palace fans.

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3 Comments

  • CiTyBlUe May 7, 2018 - 6:20 am Reply

    Childish Jealousy, simple as and to be expected from Tottenham Hotspur FC. Sad sad sad, grow up.

  • JerusalemMan May 7, 2018 - 7:28 am Reply

    Leave your petty parochial comment aside, CityBlue.
    If you read the fuller quote from the manager you’ll see there’s plenty of praise for Guardiola but honest acknowledgement of the skills of Hodgson which can be easily ignored because nothing has been won.
    When assessing the skill of a manager, it’s not all about trophies considering the hugely unlevel playing field of resources and players. Hodgson’s talent has shown through this season in the massive change he effected at Palace. It’s not jealous to acknowledge what a great job this is, quite the reverse.

  • David bray May 7, 2018 - 9:51 pm Reply

    Let’s face it Hodgson is a better manager than
    Pochittino, would he rest players when champions league not secured?

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