Crystal Palace have looked good for most of the season, but any progress that seems to have been made has been lost in the last few weeks. Roy Hodgson’s future could now be in doubt, according to the Express.
Not only have performances and results tailed off with one win in 11, but there seems to now be a schism emerging between Roy Hodgson and the board, and it comes down to what happened in the transfer window.
It is quite shocking that Cenk Tosun was the only senior recruit made despite a clear need for more reinforcements in attack – Palace rank lowest in the division for goals scored with 22 goals in 25 games, yet brought in a player who had scored just once for Everton in the league this term.
As well as that, Hodgson will have to settle for players like Max Meyer and Joel Ward, who have achieved average WhoScored ratings of 6.2 and 6.6 respectively.
The need for an upgrade is clear, therefore, which is why the Eagles’ boss is understandably frustrated, and unsure if he is willing to commit his future to the club.
Hodgson has made public his displeasure with transfer proceedings last month and, according to the Express, the 72-year-old has a £4m contract waiting for his signature, but is yet to put pen to paper.
That gives an indication into the mindset of the former England manager, as he likely wants assurances that he will receive greater backing in the summer if he is to continue as Palace manager.
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After all, he lost Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer for £50m but has barely seen any of that money, and since Wilfried Zaha could also leave for a hefty fee – with Everton’s £70m bid rejected last year – he will want promises that he will be able to spend.
Former Palace player Clinton Morrison has also been talking about the managerial situation, and his words only strengthen Hodgson’s position.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former striker said: “It’s been superb from Roy Hodgson and credit to him, they should have backed him in the window. There should have been at least three or four players coming in.”
It is important the likes of Steve Parish and the Crystal Palace board take notice of Hodgson’s feeling and offer him what he wants to stay, even if it means an increase in spending.
Hodgson has done a terrific job to maintain the club’s Premier League status despite limited means, spending just £7.1m on players since the beginning of the season yet still maintaining a healthy buffer to the relegation zone – until recently at least.
Should the board accept Hodgson’s request to provide more financial resources in the transfer market, or is the manager being unreasonable? Air your thoughts below…
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