Frustrated Roy Hodgson ‘not interested’ in talking about Crystal Palace future and 73-year-old boss hits out at critics by claiming he ‘doesn’t understand expansive’ football
- Roy Hodgson insisted he has no interest in discussing his Crystal Palace future
- The 73-year-old’s contract runs out in the summer but his focus is elsewhere
- The Palace boss hopes his side can play with less pressure after positive results
- But Hodgson warned he won’t change style of play even if safety is confirmed
Roy Hodgson believes Crystal Palace can approach their remaining Premier League matches facing less pressure but insists now is still not the time to discuss his future.
The 73-year-old will be out of contract in the summer, along with a number of players at Selhurst Park, but has reiterated on several occasions his focus remains on the present.
Victory over West Brom on March 13 moved the Eagles on to 37 points and they sit 11 clear of safety with nine games to play, starting with Monday’s trip to Everton.
Roy Hodgson believes his Crystal Palace side can start to play with less pressure on them now
The Eagles beat West Brom in their last match to move further clear of the relegation zone
But Hodgson warned that even if survival is mathematically achieved he would not look to change Palace’s style.
Hodgson said: “I think we can possibly play with a bit of less pressure because two or three of the last few games have been extremely pressurised games, in particular the games against Fulham and West Brom.
“If we’re talking about securing our place in the league, they were really high-pressure games so in that respect there might be slightly less pressure.
Hodgson insisted Palace won’t change their style of play even once their safety is confirmed
“I don’t understand expansive. If expansive means are we now going to start rolling the ball out and making seven or eight passes around our penalty area, we won’t be doing that.
“That is not the way we play and we don’t have the type of players who would appreciate us trying to ask them to do that. We are going to keep on trying to put a team out and prepare it to win the game.”
Although not guaranteed, Palace look odds-on to be in the Premier League for an eighth successive campaign next season, which would continue their longest consecutive spell in the top flight.
Many onlookers pondered if the international break would be a good time for Hodgson to discuss his future with chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman, but the one-time Liverpool boss is channelling all his energy into the final nine games of the term.
Hodgson is adamant now is not the time to discuss his future with chairman Steve Parish
“Every week I get the same question, every week I give the same answer and I will continue doing that until such time I feel there is an announcement to be made,” Hodgson insisted.
“I am not interesting in having that discussion at the moment. I am interested in working very hard with the players to make certain we finish this season properly.
“As a result it is the games that are ahead of us which interest me much more than next season. When the time is right, we’ll discuss it.”
Tyrick Mitchell could return for Palace at Goodison Park while Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McCarthy will be assessed.
James Tomkins, Mamadou Sakho and James McArthur have not featured since earlier this year and remain sidelined.
Nathaniel Clyne is among those who will face a late fitness test ahead of the trip to Everton