Roy Hodgson has had his fair share of criticism in the past as a manager.
He was basically taken apart by the English press after England failed so miserably in the European Championship finals last year in France, after winning all 10 games in qualifying and eventually losing to Iceland.
But Roy has always been a good coach, and we remember how he amazingly saved Fulham from relegation back in 2008.
With 31 games played Fulham had only 21 points and looked certain to be relegated, but they then won five of their last seven games and stayed up finishing with 36 points.
They had a better goal difference than Reading who were relegated in 3rd bottom place.
We fully expect Hodgson to keep Crystal Palace up this season although he has some work to do.
Roy Hodgson – at his press conference
Roy held his press conference yesterday for the game at Newcastle tomorrow, and he was complimentary of both the Newcastle side and the manager:
“At the moment they’ve had a very good start, a deserved start because they play good football, and we have to give exactly the same performance that we did against Chelsea.”
“Rafa Benitez is doing very well. He’s done well to almost save them when he came in as the savior.”
“He stayed with the club and spent a whole season in the Championship honing the team and bringing them up again as Champions into the Premier League and then they’ve had a great start.”
“The fans there love him, the players obviously like and respect him.”
“When you watch the team play you can see it’s a team which has obviously had some work done on it.”
“They know what they are doing the players. For me as a fellow coach I can only say congratulations on a good job of work.”
About three in four fans think we can win this game tomorrow and go to 14 points from our first 9 games.