Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has paid tribute to former Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood in his press conference today, revealing that he knew him well and extending his sympathies to those close to him.
When asked for his reaction to the news of Hill-Wood's passing, Hodgson was reflective in his response, saying, "I met him and knew him when he was chairman of Arsenal and he always treated me with enormous courtesy, I used to enjoy the hospitality I got at Arsenal even before I became England manager.
"Strangely enough, there’s a restaurant I sometimes frequent which I know he used to go to very often and only two weeks ago I was in that restaurant and Peter was there. It’s especially sad to hear of his passing today because two weeks ago, speaking to him, I had no suspicion that we were going to lose him so quickly afterwards.
"I think it’s a sad loss for Arsenal Football Club because we’re talking about one of the gentlemen of the game and someone who, with his father before him, really put Arsenal as a football club right in the very, very top echelons not just in terms of their playing but also in the way that they conducted themselves. They were always a beacon of light in terms of their conduct. My condolences to his family who I also had the chance to meet."