It’s no secret that Roy Hodgson is getting on in years but with speculation beginning to swirl over whether or not the Palace boss will be extending his stay in SE25 beyond the end of his current contract this summer, the man himself is adamant that he’s rarely felt better.
When he was initially brought into the football club his brief was simple. Following a disastrous if laughably short spell in charge for Dutchman Frank de Boer, Roy’s task was to steady the ship and ensure that Premier League football remained on the agenda at Selhurst Park. Despite plenty of doubters, the vastly experienced gaffer passed the test with flying colours and now finds himself celebrating two years in charge at Palace with a record that’s genuinely impressive.
There will always be detractors but the sensible amongst us realise that Hodgson’s calming influence and tactical adaptability has served us well throughout his tenure. Perhaps the biggest compliment you can pay him comes when realising that next to no one is talking about the club letting him go when his contract expires. Like any manager, he has flaws but compared to most, Hodgson’s are minor.
When asking Steve Parish for some clarity on Roy’s future beyond the summer when I interviewed him in late August, the chairman gave absolutely nothing away but my gut tells me that, if the man himself is keen to carry on, we’ll take him up on his offer. Like any job, he won’t be here forever but with very few obvious grumbles about his methods, persona or most importantly, results; a new contract would almost certainly go down well with the majority of our fans.
If I’m half as switched on as Roy by the time I’m his age, I’ll be a happy man.