With Sam Allardyce deciding to leave Crystal Palace, and management all together, following his latest triumph in the Premier League; there’s a surprise vacancy in the Premier League – Marco Silva ears must’ve pricked up.
Allardyce, who is synonymous with turning around struggling teams and maintaining their Premier League status was at it once again with Palace as he guided them to a 14th placed finish, a following a log drawn out flirting with relegation as the season drew to a close.
Many thought this was just the beginning for the former England man but he has chosen to walk away from the job leaving the hot-seat vacant.
“Former England manager Roy Hodgson is on Crystal Palace’s shortlist of potential replacements for Sam Allardyce. The bookmakers’ odds have fallen on Hodgson taking over from Allardyce”.
For Palace it would be swapping one former England manager for another, with the former Liverpool manager seen as a real candidate to succeed the departed Allardyce,
Hodgson’s record isn’t one that will inspire massive confidence in the fans, though. For Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom he failed to achieve a win ratio of above 50%, with 39.1%, 41.9% and 37%, respectively.
It was with Liverpool that he disappointed most though as it was his first real chance to manage a so called big Premier League team. For England too he struggled, winning the easier games but crashing out in the group stages of multiple tournaments, with his inability to inspire proving costly.
The appointment of Hodgson is unlikely to have Palace fans rubbing their hands together, waiting for their Champions League berth with the manager not a daring choice. He is likely to come in and continue Palace’s defensive improvement without adding much excitement in attack, as he did for England.
If he is named manager, don’t be surprised to see him achieve a mid to lower-table finish for a few years before moving on without achieving much.