Roy Hodgson fears more pain ahead for Palace after disappointing homecoming

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson took charge at Palace this week after Dutchman Frank de Boer was sacked following four defeats and no goals in his debut Premier League season and faces a tough challenge to rebuild confidence and turn the team's form around.

"I'm not suggesting the work we do on the training pitch will produce two or three Messis and Ronaldos but we need to improve our strengths, cover up weaknesses and be analytical in our judgment of the players to ensure we get the best 11 players on the field".

If you embrace Hodgson's ideas, they work.

Palace, as it did in last week's loss to Burnley, enjoyed plenty of possession and created good chances to equalise but was thwarted by two good saves from goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Hodgson is a gentleman in terms of how he behaves, but he was not afraid to make his point more forcefully if he had to.

"As far as I am concerned, it is, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, it's everyone at the club, hierarchy, players, chairman and owners and most importantly perhaps of all, the fans".

Everyone who arrived had the mentality Hodgson wanted and he deliberately picks players with that type of mindset to fit into his team.

Although staff and players found Hodgson's enthusiasm infectious, especially on the training ground, where there was a sense he could not have been in a happier place (it is tempting to think he is much better suited to club rather than global management on that point alone), he also had an edge to him and was not afraid to light the fuse when things were not done right.

In a hot second, Roy Hodgson was beaming in front of the cameras with the eagle on his chest and hoping that this season was salvageable.

Palace will play away to Manchester City in their next Premier League game.

And the final nail in the coffin for Hodgson's time in charge of England came with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland in the first knockout round, which prompted the manager to step down ahead of his contract expiring. What Hodgson does will work - it is just a question of how quickly. He returns to English management today, guiding Crystal Palace against Southampton at Selhurst Park, and an inescapable...

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