According to a report in The Times, Roy Hodgson has been offered a 12-month extension on his current Crystal Palace contract that would take him up to 2020.
Having stepped into the shoes of Frank de Boer following the Dutchman’s disastrous short stint with the Eagles, Hodgson managed to turn a seven-game run without a goal or a point into an 11th placed finish, going a long way towards repairing his reputation following the bitter way things ended for him whilst in charge of England.
The boss is said to be relaxed about the contract offer that has been put on the table, given the fact that he doesn’t hold any ambitions of moving elsewhere at this stage of his career, although obviously the increase on his current salary will come as a much appreciated bonus for the fantastic job he’s done at Selhurst Park to date.
Given the club’s rapid turnover of managers in recent seasons, it stands to reason that they would now be looking to promote a feeling of stability for both the supporters and players alike, with a full Premier League campaign under Hodgson’s guidance hopefully allowing us to stay clear of any real relegation worries from the outset.
Whilst fans are always keen to see new recruits coming in over the course of pre-season, the same report does go on to mention a potentially tricky transfer window for the men in red and blue, given the size of their current wage bill. Admittedly, Premier League money has taken us to a comfortable financial position but after three or four years of heavy spending, the suggestion is that the club will have to sell in order to buy for the most part this summer.
When you consider that the likes of Sakho, Benteke, Cabaye and Zaha have all been taking home close to or in excess of £100,000 a week, it’s not difficult to see why a degree of belt tightening will have to take place and whilst no fan would begrudge Sakho or Wilf that sum of money, the reduced terms Yohan has been offered, coupled with our apparent willingness to entertain offers for Benteke, shines a light on the change in approach being adopted behind the scenes during the current transfer window.
Thankfully, in Roy Hodgson we have a man who has proven that the current crop of players are more than good enough to thrive in the Premier League, leaving me hoping that we are able to replace any players we do let go with something even better.
It’s come as a bit of a shock to many Palace fans after a few years of free spending but without the commercial revenue streams that so many of our direct competitors enjoy, we’re being forced to cut back appropriately.