TBR View: Roy Hodgson's Crystal Palace departure strikes similarity with Premier League legend's departure from 2018
Well, after four years of managing his boyhood club, it has been announced that the Croydon-born Roy Hodgson will step down as manager of Crystal Palace.
Yesterday’s announcement is hardly a surprise for anyone with weeks of speculation linking the Eagles with the sacked Frank Lampard, who was let go by Chelsea earlier in the year. Reports as far back as three weeks ago claimed the former Blues coach was a heavy favourite for the now-vacant role.
Whilst the south London outfit have hardly set the league alight this season, there seem to be striking similarities between the way the former England manager departed Selhurst Park and how Arsene Wenger left Arsenal back in 2018.
Back in April 2018, when it was first announced that the Frenchman will be stepping down after 22 years in north London, reports quickly emerged over how the great man was forced to resign with a number of factors playing a role.
Well, it doesn’t seem to be much different for the 73-year-old Hodgson with various experts and pundits having previously backed the Eagles boss to remain in charge beyond this season. Ian Holloway called on the club to award the figure a one-year extension back in March, a hint that the former Internazionale coach wanted to remain at the helm.
However, just like with Wenger and his time at Arsenal, the form of the side and fan unrest seems to have played a role in Hodgson’s departure.
Arsenal were in midst of an appalling season under the former AS Monaco man before it was announced he would step down. There were plenty of calls from those associated with the club for the FIFA executive to step down witth no Champions League football for yet another season a possibility, and he relented.
Palace’s football this term has been far from eye-catching with the club struggling to score goals/create chances on a regular basis. Whilst they may have won away at rivals Brighton earlier the term, the team created just two shots on goal/target as Graham Potter’s men dominated proceedings.
As a result of the Gunners’ form, there were mass protests against Wenger, and whilst you can’t say definitively it played a key role in his resignation, it probably played some part.
The Selhurst Park faithful haven’t exactly been holding up banners and walking the streets of Croydon in order to voice their frustration against Hodgson. However, there has been mass unrest on social media from supporters over their head coach.
Wenger and Hodgson have endured similar ends to their careers. Both have been the victim of restless supporters over their side’s dire form which has result inevitably resulted in their departures.
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