In the last few years, Roy Hodgson has been on the receiving end of some heavy criticism.
Many have called his tactics outdated, accusing him of being too old to keep managing at the top, especially after England’s exit at the hands of Iceland at Euro 2016. However, despite all his ups and downs, Hodgson has kept on defying odds at every level, reaching the pinnacle of a very unique Premier League record.
The 71-year-old boss became the oldest ever manager to manage in the competition and, if the terrific 4-1 win over Leicester City proved anything, his style is anything but outdated. Hodgson’s work with Palace ever since he arrived following a cursed England reign has been exemplary.
He managed to help the Eagles finish 11th last season, despite coming into the job with them having lost their first seven league games. In his second season as Palace boss, he’s yet again done a great job despite having very limited resources and weak signings in the summer.
They’re only four points behind the Bournemouth at 10th place and a top-half finish seems possible, while the Eagles have the opportunity to rise high in the FA Cup after progressing into the quarter-finals.
Hodgson’s given rise to Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jeffrey Schlupp while turning Wilfried Zaha into a world-class forward. He’s infused an attractive, fast-paced style into the club and instilled a fearless attitude, as shown in their games against the big sides.
He may be old, but Hodgson’s excellent work in elevating Palace proves why he deserves more respect at the top.