No easy fix for struggling Palace, says Hodgson

Sep 17, 2017, 00:21
No easy fix for struggling Palace, says Hodgson

Crystal Palace have announced the departure of assistant manager Sammy Lee following the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the club's new boss. We've handicapped ourselves by not taking any points in the first four games, but there are still 34 games to go.

Then, much like now, Hodgson had a reputation to rebuild after lasting only six months as the Liverpool manager. Hodgson is a former junior player of the Palace in the 1960s but has never managed to penetrate the first team.

It was a dispiriting start for Hodgson, against a side who reintroduced one of their best players: Virgil Van Dijk replaced Dusan Tadic for the final ten minutes to acclaim from the Southampton supporters.

But what does the Croydon-born man have to say after the defeat?

During those video meetings he could obviously see the team moving around in a game and he would stop and point out where I was. "You can always get off to a bad start, what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four".

"I thought in the first half we were very nervous, people didn't show any real confidence on the ball at all".

"I still believe in the long-term, these players will pick themselves up from where they have been knocked down to", he told Sky Sports.

"We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that".

"I didn't want to end it (my career) on a bad result but I think the 56 (England) games and the seven defeats is not so bad", he explained.

Despite sacking Frank de Boer, Palace looked vulnerable from wide positions throughout.

On the other hand, the Crystal Palace hierarchy will be becoming increasingly concerned by the threat of relegation as the Eagles still lacked any offensive quality or fresh ideas despite the change of manager this week.

Roy Hodgson admitted he faced a stiff challenge to turn around Crystal Palace´s fortunes.

Hodgson's first match as Crystal Palace's manager is to be an away match against Southampton FC, scheduled for tomorrow.

The endgame, of course, is securing Palace's future in the top flight, and Hodgson is confident that he is up to the task.