The Athletic’s Crystal Palace journalist Matt Woosnam has delivered a claim about Roy Hodgson’s future as manager.
Palace lost 2-1 to Leicester City on Monday in the Premier League and in a Q&A session on the Athletic’s website, Woosnam was asked about Hodgson’s future and if he plans to take any other role at the club in the coming few months.
‘Unlikely’ Hodgson stays in another capacity
While responding to fans’ questions about Hodgson’s future, Woosnam talked about certain issues about the club and whether the Palace manager will want to stay at Selhurst Park beyond the current campaign.
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Woosnam made it clear that Hodgson’s silence about his future suggests that the Englishman knows that he won’t be managing the club next season, but he just doesn’t want to publicly say that. The journalist believes that if Hodgson was holding talks with the club over a new deal, he’d say something along the lines of that publicly.
The journalist stated: “To me Hodgson’s comments re his own future have been clear for about a month now. His effective silence strongly suggests to me that he knows he won’t be in charge next season but doesn’t want to say it, and obviously it’s not something you would reveal in a press conference. If further talks were taking place and progressing that’s something I’d expect him to say: “I’ll sit down with Doug Freedman and Steve Parish in the coming weeks…” or something to that effect. Nothing like that has been said though.”
Woosnam was also asked about whether Hodgson would want to stay at the club in another capacity, if he does leave the managerial post. The journalist believes that is ‘unlikely’.
He said: “Would think it is very unlikely that Roy Hodgson would stay on in any kind of advisory capacity. He has said many times he does not intend to retire and it doesn’t seem like the kind of role he would want. Not quite Lennnie Lawrence to Dougie Freedman.”
Time for Palace to move on
However, while he has helped the club establish themselves as a solid midtable Premier League side, perhaps they should be looking upwards now in attempt to finish in the upper half and go closer to the European places.
One only needs to look at the way fans react to their own performances at the moment (via HLTCO) to see that Hodgson’s system has become stale and, together with the ambitions of surging further up the table, it becomes perfectly understandable why the Eagles look set to move on.
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