According to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace have entered talks with Roy Hodgson over a new contract.
The former England manager’s current terms at Selhurst Park are set to expire at the end of the season, and talks are underway over an extension which would see Hodgson reach his 73rd birthday while in charge of the south Londoners.
Hodgson surpassed Bobby Robson’s record as the Premier League’s oldest ever manager back in February, and Palace chairman Steve Parish revealed to The Daily Mail that he wants the former Liverpool manager to stay on at the club.
The Eagles have fared quite well since Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer back in September 2017, helping keep the club in the top-flight after their awful start under the Dutchman, before overseeing the south Londoners’ best-ever Premier League points total from a 38-game campaign in 2018/19 – Palace finished with 49 points.
So, is Parish making the right decision in entering contract talks with Hodgson?
“I think there is more to this decision than meets the eye. Parish is keen to focus on revamping Palace’s academy with plans to pump £15m-£20m into doing just that, while the Eagles chief also has the £100m redevelopment of Selhurst Park on his mind – both of those projects will be expensive, and the money earned from Premier League survival will surely be crucial.
“In that respect, there is nothing more important than having someone in charge who can keep Palace in the top-flight, something that Hodgson has proven to be well capable of doing – because of this, a new contract for the 72-year-old is the right decision, for now.”
“The club is arguably the most stable it has been at any point since getting back into the Premier League in 2013, and Hodgson is doing a good job on limited resources.
“He gets the best out of the players at his disposal and that is crucial at a club like Crystal Palace. With Hodgson in charge they have the chance to lay the foundations to progress, and despite lacking in certain areas – with just 10 goals in 11 league games – there are signs that this could be a successful campaign.
“The club is right to extend his contract but they have to start preparing for life without Hodgson soon, and that means stepping up recruitment and increasing the appeal, so that they don’t end up with another unsuitable appointment like Frank de Boer.”
“I think that Palace would be doing the right thing if they were to offer Hodgson a new deal. Despite being 72 years of age, the former England manager may be the best gaffer available to help the London club achieve their aspirations.
“All you have to do is look at the league table right now, and you’ll have your answer. Palace sit just two points off of fifth place, and they look like they could achieve a top half finish this term.
“His age shouldn’t get in the way of how well he’s doing, and Palace would be very smart to give their manager a new deal.”
“As the saying goes, age is just a number. And for Hodgson, that really is the case. The 72-year-old has been around the block multiple times, managing international teams like Switzerland and England, and taking charge of club sides like Fulham and Crystal Palace. His work with the latter in particular has been nothing short of remarkable, particularly given their lack of spending.
“In the summer transfer window, the Eagles paid just £6.84m for their new signings according to Transfermarkt. Despite having no big-money arrivals, Hodgson has steered the ship superbly, leading them to ninth in the Premier League after 11 games – above the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham. So whilst he may be getting on a bit, the former Three Lions boss has more than proven he is the man for the job at Selhurst Park.”