Roy Hodgson ‘not interested’ in talking about the future of Crystal Palace and defends the style of play
Frustrated Roy Hodgson ‘not interested’ to talk about the future of Crystal Palace and 73-year-old boss slams critics by claiming he ‘doesn’t understand’ extensive football ‘
- Roy Hodgson insisted he had no interest in discussing his Crystal Palace future
- The 73-year-old’s contract expires in the summer, but his focus is elsewhere
- The Palace boss hopes his side can play with less pressure after positive results
- But Hodgson cautioned he won’t change the style of play, even if safety is confirmed
Roy Hodgson believes Crystal Palace can approach their remaining Premier League games with less pressure, but insists now is still not the time to talk about his future.
The 73-year-old will be out of contract this summer, along with a number of players at Selhurst Park, but he has reiterated on several occasions that his focus remains on the present.
Victory over West Brom on March 13 brought the Eagles to 37 points and they are 11 safe with nine games to play, starting with Monday’s journey to Everton.
Roy Hodgson believes his Crystal Palace squad can now start playing with less pressure on them
The Eagles defeated West Brom in their last game to get further out of the relegation zone
But Hodgson warned that even if survival is achieved mathematically, he wouldn’t try to change Palace’s style.
Hodgson said, “I think we could possibly play with a little less pressure as two or three of the last few games have been extremely pressurized games, especially the games against Fulham and West Brom.
“When we talk about securing our place in the competition, it was really high pressure races, so there might be a little less pressure in that regard.
Hodgson insisted that Palace would not change their style of play, even if their safety has been confirmed
“I don’t understand expansive. If expansive means we’re going to start rolling the ball out now and making seven or eight passes around our penalty area, we won’t.”
“That’s not the way we play and we don’t have the type of players who would appreciate it if we asked them to. We will keep trying to bring out a team and prepare it to win the game.”
While not guaranteed, Palace looks like a good chance of being in the Premier League next season for an eighth consecutive campaign that would continue their longest consecutive spell in the top flight.
Many onlookers wondered if the international break would be a good time for Hodgson to discuss his future with chairman Steve Parish and sports director Dougie Freedman, but the former Liverpool boss is pouring all his energy into the last nine games of the semester.
Hodgson is adamant that now is not the time to discuss his future with Chairman Steve Parish
“Every week I get the same question, every week I give the same answer and I will continue to do so until I feel there is an announcement to be made,” Hodgson insisted.
“I’m not interested in having that discussion at the moment. I’m interested in working very hard with the players to make sure we finish this season well.
“As a result, it is the games ahead that interest me much more than next season. When the time is right, we will discuss it.”
Tyrick Mitchell could return for Palace at Goodison Park, while Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McCarthy will be judged.
James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and James McArthur have not been seen since earlier this year and remain sidelined.
Nathaniel Clyne is one of those who will undergo a late fitness test prior to the trip to Everton