The Eagles have enjoyed a bright start to the season and Selhurst Park is a much happier place since Hodgson took charge two years ago.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has delivered a scathing verdict on Crystal Palace regarding how he feels the Eagles treat Roy Hodgson – namely that they “take advantage of him” (Daily Star).

The former England manager took the reins in 2017 as successor to Frank de Boer, who was sacked after just 77 days and five matches in charge of the club, then bottom of the Premier League table and without a league goal.


Two years after taking over at Palace, Hodgson has finished 11th and 12th, beaten five of the so-called big six, won at the Etihad, the Emirates and Old Trafford, and given Liverpool the scare of their lives back in January when the Reds had to come from behind at Anfield.

The Selhurst Park side has begun this season very well too, sitting sixth in the table and just two points off second place – this despite a very modest transfer budget, even though Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United for £50million this summer.

“I can’t talk highly enough of him,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star. “He never has any money to spend but he doesn’t really moan and he’s got them into sixth. That’s phenomenal. They sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka for £50m this summer and barely spent a penny.

“I actually think they take advantage of him to be honest. They know they won’t go down while he’s in charge so they must think: “Why bother spending £200m just to finish in the top half then?” It’s his experience that counts. If Roy was at Manchester United right now things would be very different there, believe me.”

Up next for Palace is the visit of Premier League champions Manchester City to Selhurst Park after the international break.

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