With the transfer window now closed and the new Premier League season back underway, Roy Hodgson was no doubt hoping he’d be given a break from discussing speculation over Wilfried Zaha’s future, making his exasperated response to one question from the press on Saturday evening particularly comical.
After seeing his Palace side get their first point of the season on the board against a dangerous Everton side, Hodgson was prepped and ready to dissect the intricacies of the 0-0 at Selhurst but was instead probed over any worries he had ahead of the January transfer window, prompting the gaffer to take a stand against the hysteria he’s been forced to put up with over the summer.
Having categorically stated that Zaha won’t be leaving the club for the foreseeable future, it’s clear that Roy and his players are relishing the chance to concentrate on the game itself, with the side-show of transfers being put to one side until the New Year rolls around. Whilst the journalist in question was probably just asking what he was told to by his bosses, Hodgson’s reply perfectly encapsulated the stupidity of the endless chatter.
I’ve liked and respected Roy from the moment he walked through the door at Selhurst Park but I have to say, the manner in which he’s conducted himself since last season ended has kicked up my appreciation for him another two or three notches. At 72, he does well to entertain all the media madness that now comes as part and parcel of the Premier League but along those same lines, he’s not shy in taking digs at the silliness of the 24/7 news-cycle as and when it’s needed.
Having come away from the opening day with a creditable point and our star man back in the fold, I’d like to put on record how pleased I am to see Roy Hodgson at the helm for at least one more season. He’s a steadying hand in choppy waters, who players, supporters and directors have huge respect for. In my view, we’re extremely lucky to have kept him in charge for another year.