• Dan Tracey


Roy Hodgson

With the teams at the foot of the Premier League table being as bad as they have been this season, there is a sense that the relegation battle has already been contested and by virtue of this, Crystal Palace should have already secured another stint in the top flight.

Of course, the Eagles will perhaps have loftier ambitions than just finishing in the top 17 and after getting the better of both Wolves and Newcastle in the past week, the South London outfit are starting to find some upward mobility once again.

Mobility that has been overseen by Roy Hodgson for another campaign and although he was responsible for seeing a run of eight games without a win at the tail end of last season, the managerial status quo remained unchanged for 20/21.

That decision was made by club chairman Steve Parish and although that was not necessarily the toughest call he has ever made, there is every chance that such a dilemma will present itself in the next few months.

That’s because Hodgson is out of contract at the end of the season and with him being the league’s elder statesman at 73, there is the obvious acceptance that such a managerial tenure cannot go on forever.

While just because the former England manger has so much seniority, does not mean discussion regarding his departure is ageist and it is more the fact, that eventually Palace will need to make some form of succession planning.

Not only because of the age of Hodgson but also for the fact that by Premier League standards, his tenure has been rather long and at nearly three and a half years in charge at Selhurst Park, there is always the risk that the ideas well could run dry in South London.

Something that the man who has also previously managed the likes of Blackburn and Inter Milan is all to aware of and although he will be wary of staying on in any position for too long, he recently went on record to say how much he is still enjoying his current job.

In an interview with TalkSport, Hodgson said:

“At the moment, it is a good moment in time and I am enjoying it and we are doing pretty well so why not just keep enjoying the moment and not be worrying too much about what the future holds because I don't have a situation where by a family is depending on me working in the future like so many other people in my profession."

Which may suggest that if he and Steve Parish are on the same page for next season, then once again the man with an incredible coaching C.V. will be charged with the task of maintaining Crystal Palace’s Premier League status.

Many would argue that after such a solid job, he should be allowed to say goodbye on his own terms. Then again, there is always the risk on staying on for one season too many and it is this very risk, that the chairman will have to seriously consider between now and Palace’s final game in May.

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