Roy Hodgson is ready to turn onto the next chapter of his management career as he looked ahead to returning to a Premier League dugout on the eve of Saturday’s home match against Southampton.
The opening four games are a part of Palace’s season that he can do nothing about but he feels the disappointment that surrounds the club whether in the stands or those he deals with on a day to day basis.
“I am now fully focussed on the next chapter of footballing life and I am here ready to concentrate on the job in hand here at Crystal Palace, it’s about everyone at the club but most importantly it is about the fans. We have a big strong fanbase here at the club and we represent south London, and having grown up in the area I know what this club means to people."
Having worn the colours of the club as a player in the mid-sixties the Croydon born Hodgson admits that later connections with the club, in his own mind, would have probably been more linked to being in the starting eleven but if many years ago he was told a return to SE25 would be down a different route then this option would not have been rejected.
“When I was on the terraces watching Crystal Palace in my childhood if someone had said you are not going to be good enough to play for the club but you will come back as manager I would have accepted that.
“I am happy to have the chance to work with this squad of players and sit here really enthusiastic about the job in hand."
Having served as national manager for four years it is now time for a Premier League return following his previous spell in the top flight at West Bromwich Albion in 2012.
It’s a league that he has continued to admire whilst away and the boss feels that the growth of the competition should be one that Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, should be congratulated on.
“I am a Premier League manager of a good club and I am fully aware that I need to expect the pressures that all managers in this league work under. It’s a league that is getting bigger and bigger and where the top players and managers are arriving every day. There has been an evolution in the right way.”
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