Is Hodgson a Good Fit for Crystal Palace or is He Just a Quick Fix?
Frank De Boer’s spell at Crystal Palace will go down in history as the third shortest managerial reign in the Premier League at just 77 days. It’s the fewest number of games ever overseen by a PL manager and the Dutchman has become the first manager to be sacked without seeing his side score a single goal.
It says a lot about modern football’s fickle nature. De Boer was brought in to make long-term changes at Palace, but won the Premier League sack race after just 360 minutes of football. Hardly enough time to stamp his philosophy on the Croydon club, but it’s a symptom of the Premier League’s financial might. Immediate results are mandatory.
The man Palace have turned to is Roy Hodgson, who is set to be appointed as the new manager imminently.
Are the Eagles planning ahead by choosing Roy?
Roy Hodgson might be predominantly associated with his failure as England manager to most. He was last spotted looking lost and frazzled on the touchline in France as England crashed out of Euro 2016 to minnows Iceland.
But there’s nothing unique about that - the list of managers who have tried and failed as England boss is longer than Peter Crouch’s arm.
So it would certainly be wrong to write him off as hopeless. Before his tenure at England he guided Fulham and West Brom to safety and security in the Premier League. He even took Fulham to the Europa League final, remember.
But it’s likely that the appointment is a classic case of short-termism. Any plans for a transformation at Palace are out the window. Roy’s only objective is survival.
Could they have chosen someone who is more progressive?
De Boer was brought in is a young, forward thinking and progressive coach. But with that backfiring, Steve Parish has opted for the opposite - and it will be a 70-year old that takes over the reigns.
A look down the list of available managers throws up names like David Moyes, Alan Pardew, Big Sam as well as the more exotic Thomas Tuchel and Luis Enrique. The reaction ranges from “no thanks” to “fat chance,” and considering Big Sam turned down a return, Roy Hodgson probably looks like the best bet.
Hodgson’s functional style is well suited to a squad built by Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce. His old school approach might be what’s needed.
Have the Palace board chosen their new manager too quickly?
It appears that Parish had already been in talks with Hodgson before Palace’s game with Burnley on Sunday. Some reports suggest the board had been searching for a replacement two weeks ago, which if true, means Frank de Boer was effectively sacked after just 3 games in charge.
If they had already made their minds up they still only had two weeks to find the right man for the job, and given the available options, Roy was the best option. And a quick decision was needed in the efforts to stabilise the club.
Hodgson grew up in Croydon as a Palace fan, and his return is a chance for him to prove a point on a personal level, as well as keep Palace in the Premier League.
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