Roy Hodgson was given a rightful ovation during Palace’s 2-0 victory over West Brom yesterday afternoon and following the game, the Eagles gaffer gave a speech which left everyone inside the ground brimming with confidence over what the 2018/19 season could bring.
One of our own. ❤️💙
Roy was keen to thank the fans during the Lap of Appreciation… 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Vc7c0r69DY
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 13, 2018
It’s a well-worn story by now but since arriving in September, Roy and his coaching staff have completely transformed the fortunes of a a side who looked for all the world as though they were destined to fall through the trap-door and into the Championship at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Now, with the season finally over, the club can look back on a run which has seen us pick up an astonishing 44 points in just 31 games under the boss’ stewardship, signing off on that spell with a run of three straight victories which have seen us finish in the rather lofty position of 11th in the Premier League.
Whilst we are bound to lose a few of the current squad over the summer, with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Joel Ward and Ruben Loftus-Cheek currently looking to be the most high-profile departures, I’m more confident than ever in the work that is being done behind the scenes to identify the players Roy will need to ensure that we don’t suffer the same sort of stuttering start that has left us in a relegation battle throughout the last nine months.
There are plenty of managerial firefighters within the game; men who arrive at a club and give the players the sort of short, sharp coaching burst that can have the sort of immediate impact necessary to avoid the drop but in Hodgson, we appear to have someone who is instilling a tactical understanding throughout the squad, which, with a full pre-season factored in, should see us hitting the ground running once August rolls around.
He may have only been in the Palace hot-seat for eight months but the love our supporters have for Roy Hodgson tells you all you need to know about the job he’s done for us.