With Roy Hodgson having overseen a quite ridiculous upturn in form since first taking charge of Crystal Palace back in September of 2017, one or two people have wondered whether or not the 70-year-old can repeat the European heroics he pulled off when in charge of Fulham back in 2010, a run of games that is covered in genuinely brilliant detail in the article attached just below.
It’s not often that I’ll encourage readers of HLTCO to indulge in a long-read about another club, particularly when the story in question dates back some eight years but in taking Fulham all the way to the Europa League Final against Atletico Madrid, Roy Hodgson put together a run of results that stacks up against almost anything we’ve seen from an English club in Europe over the last 40 years.
Whilst it would be foolish of me to precis a piece as rich in detail and depth as the one attached above, it’s fair to say that it offers readers a wonderful insight into the unique environment Hodgson was able to cultivate at Craven Cottage, which eventually took them all the way to the showpiece final in Hamburg.
With Palace having now secured a record sixth consecutive season in the Premier League thanks to the gaffer’s hard work, there are plenty of fans looking towards the 2018/19 campaign with relish over what is to come. Of course, many will see it as fanciful to suggest that he could emulate what he managed with the Cottagers in SE25 but having made it to the verge of the top half despite a seven-game pointless run to start the season, what’s the harm in dreaming of Europa League qualification at some stage in the future?
It’s a triumph of hope.