Roy Hodgson starts crunching talks about his future at Crystal Palace amid a bleak streak of seven defeats and differing views on transfer goals
- Roy Hodgson is ready for crunch talks about his future as a Crystal Palace manager
- The Eagles are in a dismal form, so they have lost seven in a row
- Hodgson is expected to speak to Steve Parish to discuss the future and his role
- It is believed that there are differing views on the club’s summer recruiting plans
- The hierarchy wants younger players, while Hodgson wants to add experience
Roy Hodgson is ready for important conversations with the Crystal Palace hierarchy as the club plans their long-term future.
The Eagles have again maintained top flight status under Hodgson as they prepare to visit Tottenham on Sunday, their last game of the season.
Palace has a nasty streak of seven consecutive defeats, leading to concerns about the direction of the club, particularly the role of their seasoned manager.
Roy Hodgson is ready for important conversations with the Crystal Palace hierarchy as the club plan for the future
Palace has a bad streak of seven direct losses, raising concerns about their direction
Hodgson is expected to hold an end-of-season debriefing with Chairman Steve Parish to discuss the future – particularly player recruitment plans.
Hodgson turns 73 when the next season begins. That, in combination with the manager who has only 10 months to spend on his current contact, has led Palace to look at the longer term.
The club’s scouting network has targeted younger targets prior to the summer transfer window, which begins on Monday.
Five of the last six permanent signings on the team’s first team were players aged 28 or over, and Hodgson would like to add more experience ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
But they’ve already signed 19-year-old full-back Nathan Ferguson from West Bromwich Albion for next season, while Sports email understands that they are interested in 22-year-old Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, who could potentially be available for £ 25 million.
Hodgson is expected to hold a year-end letter soon with Chairman Steve Parish
Hodgson wants to pursue different types of transfer goals this summer according to the club’s hierarchy
Talks will show whether the board and Hodgson can agree on the plan to sign younger players. A number of younger targets are unsure about signing long-term deals at Palace because they fear the manager’s tenure will come to an end, given his age and contract status.
Palace wants to show respect to Hodgson, who has contributed to strengthening the club’s top position since his arrival in 2017.
There is reluctance to push Hodgson out the door, which essentially leaves the ball with the former England manager if there is to be a divorce before the end of his deal.
A scenario in which the club will stage its exit in 2021 would be suitable for all parties.
But with Hodgson’s contract expiring and his illustrious management career drawing to a close, those in power in Selhurst Park are planning the future.