Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has given his thoughts on Roy Hodgson’s cautious tactics at Crystal Palace.
Speaking in the Times, Cascarino said Palace are embroiled in a relegation battle and said that even survival may not be able to save Hodgson’s job because of his dour style.
He said: “I have a strong sense that there is something going on among Crystal Palace fans. There is a lack of adventure in their playing style — and a real lack of investment from their board. This all makes for one unhappy fanbase. Since early December they have had only one win in ten Premier League outings.
“They will survive thanks to Roy Hodgson, but they will grind their way over the line. Is that enough? In the modern game, fans and owners expect a bit of entertainment too and I just don’t see it at Palace. Sometimes staying in the Premier League isn’t enough, which is how Chris Hughton lost his job at Brighton & Hove Albion.”
TBR’s View – Palace approaching a crossroads
Palace are just six points away from the drop zone now and with just one in ten in the league, that’s a gap that can disappear in no time at all.
As Cascarino eludes to, even if Palace survive, they’ve got a decision to make. Their rivals Brighton decided to push for a more expansive style in the summer.
That has earned them plaudits but three points less than Hodgson’s side. Whoever the manager is, Palace’s squad needs investment. Treading water tends to lead to going backwards in the Premier League.