Let’s face it, Crystal Palace aren’t going to go much further if Roy Hodgson stays at Selhurst Park. The former England and Liverpool manager, who is the oldest manager in Premier League history, has done a good job at keeping the Eagles in the English top flight, but it might be the perfect time for Palace chairman Steve Parish to starting thinking about his replacement.
Alright, we get it, maybe we’re being too harsh. It’s not all that long ago since Palace stunned Manchester United away at Old Trafford. But Hodgson’s side suffered back-to-back defeats against Everton and Chelsea before the international break, before they struggled to break down Brighton in the A23 derby, despite the summer spending spree.
In fact, Palace haven’t kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening game against Southampton. Granted, Hodgson has had to deal with a defensive crisis due to injury, which has seen Joel Ward shift to the right wing.
Still, the fact remains that they have still conceded seven goals in their past three games, which is a rather worrying statistic. With Wilfried Zaha reportedly ready to leave at any given opportunity, surely the timing couldn’t be any better to start searching for Hodgson’s successor, if and when the time arises.
Reports in recent times suggested that Steve Parish was eyeing Burnley boss Sean Dyche as Hodgson’s replacement after a poor run of form following the Premier League restart in the summer. And the former centre-back could be the right man for the job, having had another impressive campaign with Burnley the previous season, as the Clarets finished tenth in the table.
Albeit, Burnley have lost three and drawn one this season so far, but they will be expected to turn things around even if it proved to be a quiet transfer window. Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder once described Dyche as “exceptional” ahead of Burnley’s clash with the Blades last term.
He even guided the Clarets to seventh place in 2018, which is their best finish since coming sixth in 1974, whilst they were eligible for the Europa League qualifying rounds.
One thing’s for sure, Dyche should be able to shore up the leaky Palace defence, as he has developed a reputation for building sides who are difficult to break down. And that’s exactly what Palace need at the moment.
AND in other news, Steve Parish must return for Crystal Palace target Ismaila Sarr in January…