There was a special guest at Palace training yesterday as England Rugby head coach Eddie Jones popped by to gain an insight into how Roy Hodgson prepares his squad.
The Aussie dipped into Hodgson’s fountain of knowledge as he shadowed the session at Beckenham on Tuesday afternoon, with the Eagles boss more than happy to pass on some words of wisdom as Jones continues to develop his squad ahead of next year’s World Cup in Japan.
Speaking about his day at Copers Cope Road, Jones said: “I first met Roy when he was the England football coach and it was a great chance to chat to him yesterday about his coaching experiences, what he’s been doing at Crystal Palace to turn them around and also to reflect on his time with England.
“It was a great educational experience for me – I learnt a lot and I was grateful for the time I spent with Roy.”
Hodgson was delighted to be able to welcome Eddie to Copers Cope and have the opportunity to once again discuss various elements of the coaching role across both sports.
"Eddie has an enormous interest in coaching and leadership and I was delighted when he said he would like to come and spend some time with us. It is always very interesting to pick other people’s brains really because when it comes to rugby and football, they are both team sports and whilst the actual games differ I think being a coach or manager for either sport there are certainly similarities and it was really good to compare notes.
"It was a question of him watching us train and have some lunch but a chance for us two to spend some time together because it has been a while since we have been able to do that."