73 Years, 22 Teams And 5 Languages - Roy Hodgson Is Far From A Dinosaur

'Woy' has shown his tactical ability and awareness to reinvent himself
19:00, 02 Nov 2019

"Yes. Absolutely, if I'm going to stay in football then I see my future certainly being here. There is no question about that."

Roy Hodgson is looking to extend his stay at his beloved Crystal Palace after a successful two-year spell at his boyhood club, something that few people being a success when he joined after a disastrous end to his time as England manager. 

This new deal will take the oldest manager in Premier League history up to the age of 73, taking him further clear of managing royalty in Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alex Ferguson. 

"I enjoy it very much here. I have been very happy in these two years. It's really just a question… I'm in discussions with Steve making certain they're as happy with me as I am to be at the club."

Hodgson is the elder gentleman who is far from a dinosaur. In an era when Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes all seem to have been consigned to the footballing scrapheap due to their outdated styles of play, Hodgson has shown his tactical ability and awareness to reinvent himself, which is a testament to him as a manager.

His side is flourishing against the odds this season and lie sixth in the Premier League after ten games played, despite Hodgson being the joint-favourite for the sack at the start of the season. 

Now instead of the sack, he is being awarded a new contract. With age comes wisdom and Roy has certainly accumulated a hell of a lot of that over his 43 years as a football manager. An old hand with fresh techniques and a man who has seen it all is still learning and perhaps that is the biggest compliment we can give to Roy.

The abuse he got after Euro 2016 was volatile and not representative of quality manager he is - at that point the England job was a poisoned chalice that needed a complete overhaul and unfortunately for Hodgson, he was not the man to lead that turnaround but that does not mean he is a top-quality manager. 

This weekend Hodgson will face off against another ex-Liverpool manager who has come on in leaps and bounds away from the pressures of Anfield. Brendan Rodgers almost won the league for the Reds, but has only enhanced his reputation at Celtic and Leicester and now the same can be said for Hodson.

His bounce-back with Crystal Palace has not only helped rebuild his reputation after the England debacle but also changed the public’s perception of him as a manager. 

22 teams managed, fluent in five languages and a downright good man. Hodgson is anything but a dinosaur.

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