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Roy Hodgson makes apology to Crystal Palace youngsters over angry outburst towards them

Roy Hodgson makes an apology to a number of Crystal Palace youngsters over his angry outburst towards them after defeat to Spurs last week.

The veteran Palace boss revealed he said sorry to some of the club’s young players for comments he made after their 2-1 Premier League defeat against Tottenham on Friday.

His remarks led to a backlash from fans and pundits, some calling it inexcusable, others sickening, with the topic talked about for much of the following week.

Hodgson brought youngsters Matheus Franca, 19, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi, 21, and Naouirou Ahamada, 21, on during the second half, however, went on to accuse them of not contributing enough.

After the game, he said: “There was no disappointment today. Maybe the young substitutes, who we like to think we can believe in and would help us to a different level, didn’t show that.

“They didn’t do anything for us at all, really. We became much weaker when I made the substitutions.

“But unfortunately, sometimes when the game is drifting away from you one is tempted to do that because we need to see these players.

“We certainly didn’t get any help today but we got a lot of help from the first group of players, I thought they were very good.”

Hodgson has since apologised for his comments and assured fans that he has “great faith” in all of the club’s young players.

During his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Burnley, the 76-year-old said: “It was wrong of me to do so in the disappointment of the game.

“Sometimes (in) the press conference directly after the game one is tempted to say things you certainly shouldn’t say and really I don’t mean.

“We have great faith in all of our young players. They’re making progress.

“It’s unfair to expect more of them as I’m suggesting I did expect. That’s very unfair of me. I’ve spoken to the three, explained that and apologised.”

He went on to add: “We are reliant on asking 19-year-olds, on Franca and David Ozoh in particular, they’ve hardly played any football.

“He (Franca) only played half a game against Monaco (for the Under-21s). To suggest he’s going to go on against Tottenham and change the game, I didn’t expect that.

“We are happy with them and their development. Maybe the next time they get their chance it might be a stronger (Palace) team and not against Tottenham who are two goals up.”

Crystal Palace currently sit 13th in the Premier League table with 12 points from 10 games.

He addressing his comments ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley, and revealed he had apologised.

“It was wrong of me to do so in the disappointment of the game,” he said.

“Sometimes (in) the press conference directly after the game one is tempted to say things you certainly shouldn’t say and really I don’t mean.

“We have great faith in all of our young players. They’re making progress. It’s unfair to expect more of them as I’m suggesting I did expect. That’s very unfair of me. I’ve spoken to the three, explained that and apologised.”

Twitter users responded with Roy Hodgson forced to apologise to Crystal Palace youngsters over his angry outburst towards them…

@sparks1886: Shouldn’t have said it in the first place but fair play for admitting it and apologising.

@Au24ctVillan: He’s been a great manager and coach in his time, but it’s about he ‘called it a day’.

@RichardPBolton: Right thing to do . Admit you made a mistake, speak to them individually. Finished . Move on.

@john_mgibbs88: He’s defo been asked to make a public apology and clear up any negative comments he made last week regarding our youth. 25 carat wanker. What a woy #CPFC

@CpfcSavage: 100%, embarrassing from such an experienced manager

@Alexjackd: Well done Roy. I’ve certainly said things in haste so to speak like this shows the class of the man #cpfc

@TheAlbinoMessi: He’s clearly been told what to say by PRish 🤬

@stuartAchalmers: Right thing to do roy.

@NOTBENTEKESZN: to everyone saying he was right to criticise them, why has he not dug out Jeff Schlupp, a senior player who competed 2 passes in 60 minutes?

@HJOHNSON_28: Fair play to him for coming out and apologising 🤝 it was so out of character for him but he’s done the right thing, time to move on #CPFC

@Lyncpfc: Well said Roy, it seemed a frustrated dig at the owners for lack of players in the window, get him some bloody signings in January.

@adamproscoe: That’s what managements about. Realising when your wrong or said wrong and owning it. Fair play. Stubborness gets you know where as a player or manager.

@Bannister121: Interesting that he says that even at 2-0 down, he was hoping we could mount some sort of recovery. Difficult to do that if you bother trying to get the ball back.

@Jack21Newman: ETH could learn a thing

@andrewpettifer: Right to apologise but what appalling man management. Can you imagine Ange ever saying such a thing?

@PaulaL1882: Good on him, apologising seems to have gone out of the window nowadays so it’s good to see. Conte used to have digs at our young players when they weren’t even playing and it would infuriate me.

@Jc_twitty: It’s poor form from Roy, who is not usually causing a stir. But this is the second week in a row, he said it after the Newcastle game as well that the young players shouldn’t read the papers about themselves. Our whole set up is about bringing youth through the academy. 😑

@James_Pratt_1: It’s not even just that he said it. It’s that he was wrong too. Schlupp offered NOTHING. There is just no way JRS lowered the team quality

@gazbod: He caught a load of flack for this and rightly so. But fair play for this, I would imagine it’s a pretty big deal do admit a mistake at his level. And a bloody massive deal to publicly apologise. #CPFC

@e_crystalpalace: Good to see Roy acknowledging the issue, our younger players shouldn’t take the blame for the lack of squad depth.

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