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Roy Hodgson speaks on Crystal Palace’s decision to extend his stay with fans underwhelmed

Roy Hodgson speaks on Crystal Palace’s decision to extend his stay as manager with a lot of fans feeling rather underwhelmed.

The club have confirmed that the 75-year-old will be the club’s manager for the 2023-24 season after he returned to Palace in March as a replacement for Patrick Vieira on a deal until the end of last season.

He guided them away from the relegation zone, taking 18 points from his 10 games in charge to finish 11th in the Premier League, but fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the decision, expecting another season of not challenging for the European places, watching other non ‘Big Six’ clubs qualifying for Europe.

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Roy Hodgson will take charge of Crystal Palace for the forthcoming Premier League campaign.

Hodgson returned to Selhurst Park in March and guided the club to safety – for a fifth time – with a remarkable run of results and an 11th place finish, and will lead the side into next season alongside Paddy McCarthy as assistant manager, Ray Lewington as coach and Dean Kiely as goalkeeper coach.

The vastly experienced manager first took charge of his boyhood club between 2017 and 2021 and has overseen 172 Palace games from the dugout, more than at any other club.

Upon extending his stay in south London, Hodgson said: “I am immensely pleased and proud to be extending my time at Crystal Palace, and I would like to thank the Chairman and Sporting Director for their continued faith in me.

“I know what a fantastic squad we have here. It’s a great blend of youth and potential, alongside experienced players with Premier League and international pedigree.

“I have spoken with the Chairman at length and we agreed that we must be ambitious in getting the most out of such talent. As such, we have set ourselves the target of a top-half finish, which we believe is eminently achievable with such a fabulous group of players and the most magnificent supporters who get behind the team, week in, week out.”

Club Chairman Steve Parish said: “Roy’s record as manager speaks for itself. His return earlier this year along with Ray Lewington and assisted ably by Paddy McCarthy produced a fantastic return both in results and producing some stylish performances, helping us climb the table and get international recognition for our players.

“Appointing Roy for another season will enable him and the squad to hit the ground running for a full pre-season and continue the magnificent momentum that has built up since his return.”

He recently gave an insight into his coaching philosophy on popular YouTube channel The Overlap.

Hodgson explained: “You can only ever be a good coach if you’ve got players who are going to work for you, play for you and win matches for you.

“If those players are not going to win matches for you, you will never be regarded as a good coach.”

Roy explained to Neville how he approached the task of guiding Palace to safety for a fifth time at the end of last season.

The manager recalled: “It was very low-key. There weren’t any Churchillian speeches. It was really more: ‘right, we know what we want from you, and we’re going to work very hard to try and make you understand what we want, and try and bring out the best of your qualities.

“’All we want is for you to get behind that and show us, every training session, that you are on board with what we as a football team are trying to do, and that you believe it will get some results.’”

On his initial focus, he added: “I find organising teams defensively an easier task than organising teams offensively, because you need organising offensively: you need structure there, you need moves, you need to know what the guy in front of you and just behind you are doing and how they’re going to liaise with you in your movements, and that’s on the training field every bit as much as the defensive part.

“I’d seen [these players’] games, albeit on the television. I realised there was a lot of attacking talent here – players with exceptional technical skills, and good pace as well.

“I knew with these guys, we had pace, athleticism and technique, so there was no reason why, if we could get these players into the right positions, they couldn’t score goals. We had to make certain we made them focus on the moves, the type of play and the type of actions that were going to be necessary for them to get into those positions.

“[We told them] when it happens, we’re one hundred percent behind you, so don’t fear you can’t take the shot or make the dribble – we will be more angry with you if you don’t, and you play the simpler pass and start attacks again.

“It takes a lot of effort and good play to get into that final third and into good attacking situations – you’ve got to profit from them because if not, you start all over again and there’s no guarantee the next situation will be any better than the one you’ve just created.”

As for the overall mood character he hopes to instil in his players, Hodgson noted: “If you’re going to bring any calmness and belief, and promote some sort of faith in the group itself that we’re good enough and we can do that, you’ve got to have the faith yourself.

“I was pretty convinced we were going to give the right messages, we were going to do the right training sessions – we were going to give the right support, and as a result we had to show a bit of character ourselves.”

Questioned by Neville if he felt the potential existed within Palace’s squad to target a top-half finish in the Premier League next season, Hodgson reaffirmed: “One hundred percent.

“If we can keep competing with [the top teams], if we can keep being in the same sort of ball-park, and if we can get into that top half of the table, I think that’s a great pat on the back for the club.”

As mentioned, Roy Hodgson speaks on Crystal Palace’s decision to extend his stay with fans underwhelmed…

@Adam0263: We got to get behind him. I do honestly think that the board need to come out and explain what the short and long term plans are. Parish talking about going to the next level. What is the next level? #cpfc

@Bald_Eagle_: I think he’ll keep us up but I can’t deny I’m underwhelmed… it looks like the instability at boardroom level means we’re struggling to attract other managers.

@dartfordmart: Best of luck to Hodgson, but this is poor from the board. A target of a top 10 finish based on the games Hodgson had last season won’t happen unless they splash the cash, another 12th-14th place finish if they don’t. Taking the club “to the next level”? I don’t think so Mr Parish

@Calstagram123: Consistently average season again

@big_mo212: Hahahha thank you palace for being the source of sadness to us ❤️💙

@marktipping66: You’ve had 3 months plus to find a new manager and this is the best we can come up with, it’s a joke no ambition the clubs going stale tell us fans one thing then do a complete opposite. How is this building the future

@CPFCAlfie: Don’t hate on Roy, hate on the ownership, Roy will do the job he’s been brought in to do #CPFC

@Harry_VTID: Let bro rest man. He’s too old for all this

@hheatheagle: nothing against Roy, he done well end of last season however the running of this club is a total shambles. lets hope that we invest in new players for the starting 11 before the season starts however this is looking doubtful

@Ric1066: I love Roy, but it’s a massive backwards step IMO. Hope I’m wrong. #cpfc

@BearCPFC: Taking us to the next level appointing a manager for a year after getting rid of him 2 years ago. It’s absolutely mental but it’s not Roy’s fault, I wish him all the best and hopefully we have a successful season. Long term planning seems to be all over the place……

@BearCPFC: If the board actually backed Roy in the transfer window, who knows what we could achieve this upcoming season. Deep down we all know, and I mean everyone knows, that will not happen #CPFC

@miles_chappell: No ambition as a club, I think you lot stand a good chance of relegation

@JoEyCpFc: Embarrassing club

@NorthyCPFC: Disgraceful. Falling behind our competition fast. #PARISHOUT

@LukeForgan: Fuck me fellas a bit of ambition would go a long way

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