I don’t think it is going over the top to say that Crystal Palace are deepish in the mire as we speak. Eight matches into their season, two wins (both in the Carabao Cup) but six straight defeats in the Premier League with 13 goals conceded and none, yes NONE scored. They have already changed manager, Frank De Boer sacked, strangely some thought after their best performance of the season, a defeat to Burnley when they were the better side and deserved at least a point, however the same old failings existed of defensive frailty, a silly mistake which cost a crucial goal and missed chances.
ROY THE BOY SURVIVAL SPECIALIST
Roy Hodgson is now in charge, a local boy, born in Croydon. He has form for getting teams out of situations like this and though his tenure at England manager will always be criticised, Fulham and West Brom fans have fond memories of his time at their clubs as he came to both at a time of crisis and steadied the ship markedly. Unfortunately for the ex-England man his hiring has not seen an initial upturn in Premier League results anyway. A home defeat to Southampton was followed last weekend by a 5-0 drubbing by in form Manchester City. Where next, well a visit to in-form Manchester United this weekend before the small matter of a home match against the current champions Chelsea after the international break. Come 14th October at 5pm it is not inconceivable that Palace will have played eight league matches and may well have lost the lot, welcome to Selhurst Park Roy.
MUDDLED DECISION MAKING
Obviously the managers and especially the players have to take a large share of the responsibility for what is going on, however chairman, Steve Parish was the man who appointed Frank De Boer and then ultimately made the decision to sack the Dutchman after just four matches. He had clearly seen enough and seemingly decided things were not going to get any better under a foreign manager who wanted to change the clubs whole footballing philosophy. Parish has now gone old school to a man who knows how to organise sides, get teams away from the relegation zone and has a proven track record in this environment, especially when given time. It worked last season with the appointment of Sam Allardyce, the dice has been rolled again.
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
The next two matches wont be the defining point of the season even if they do find themselves a bit cut adrift and have a league record of played 8 lost 8. Obviously getting Roy in so early into the season in my opinion is to allow him time to implement his methods for what may be deemed as the so called ‘less taxing’ matches, and to be fair they were in the game against City, but collapsed markedly in the second half, once they conceded right at the end of the first period. The fixture list does looks on paper anyways far less daunting after their visit from the Chelsea, as with the exception of Tottenham they do not play anybody from last years top six until Christmas. If by that time progress has not been made, it is not inconceivable that yet another manager will be brought in to save the day. Time will tell.
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