Eager to smash their own record of sacking a manager after just four games, Crystal Palace were busily dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on Roy Hodgson’s termination letter on Wednesday evening.
Hodgson was appointed as the new Palace boss on Tuesday after the sacking of Dutchmen Frank de Boer who lasted a mere 77 days at the helm. Drawing up the necessary paper work to dispense with Hodgson now, rather than later, is seen a vital step if Palace are to keep up with their rate of sacking 16 managers in just 10 season.
“I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training. That’s where I most like to be: out on the training field,” said Hodgson during his unveiling, completely oblivious to the axe slowly being hoisted above his head.
Though Hodgson has the humiliating defeat to Iceland during last summers Euro to his name, his appointment by Palace chairmen Steve Parish could be a risky one. The worry is, Hodgson could just be the dull, safe pair of hands to guide Palace to safety and ensure an extended period of time in the dug out.
However, In a move that is expected to hasten Hodgson’s Selhurst exit, the former England manager has already placed Palace’s main arial threat, Christian Benteke on corner taking duty.