Crystal Palace

Key Crystal Palace agreement put on hold as intriguing reports emerge

Crystal Palace supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side slip closer to the Premier League’s bottom three having conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 to Tottenham on Sunday.

Roy Hodgson’s men went into their clash with the North London outfit having failed to win any of their preceding four league games, with defeats against Arsenal and Everton intertwined with draws with West Ham and Newcastle United. Yet the Eagles’ frustrating winless run continued on Sunday as Harry Kane’s late effort was enough to seal all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, thus instigating Palace’s fall to 17th place in the Premier League table.

Consequently, there have been many frustrated Eagles fans in the Tavern in recent times, although they are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The London Evening Standard, which details comments from Hodgson regarding his long-term future at Selhurst Park.

The former England chief replaced the sacked Frank de Boer back in September with Palace bottom of the Premier League and without a point, and while he also lost his opening three games in charge, the 70-year-old has since led the club to 27 points from their last 21 league matches.

And while things are tough at the moment, there’s no doubt that Hodgson deserves credit for his efforts in reviving Palace’s season, but with a deal that only runs until the end of next season, his long-term future at Selhurst Park isn’t secure.

Yet the man himself has put any possible contract talks on hold for now as he is instead focusing on keeping the club in the top-flight.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t ask [chairman] Steve [Parish] to do that at the moment.

‘I’d say to him: ‘Look, I’m not going to be running away. If in a year’s time, we are still where we are today and things are going as they are, the relationship is still good and you still think I’m the right man for the job, let’s talk about it then.’

And these comments are likely to intrigue Palace supporters, who will be sincerely hoping that Hodgson’s side can get back to winning ways when they host Manchester United on Monday.

Landlord’s verdict: Crystal Palace may not be safe from Premier League relegation, but that doesn’t mean that Roy Hodgson does not deserve immense credit for giving the Eagles a chance of survival.

The 70-year-old took over with the club pointless and bottom of the table, yet has since picked up 27 points from 24 league games, thus moving them up to 17th place before this weekend’s round of fixtures.

And staving off relegation is all the manager is worried about at present, to the point that he has himself put any possible contract talks on hold for the foreseeable future to concentrate on keeping the Eagles in the top-flight.

And his decision regarding this key agreement is likely to go down well with our resident Palace fans, who will be hoping their side can end their winless run sooner rather than later.

Palace fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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