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No Saturday Game, So Where Will Hodgson Be At 3pm ?

29 September 2018

Roy Hodgson will have encountered many a footballing Saturday over his distinguished managerial career where he sat down at the end of the day to digest the results from a full fixture calendar.

Times have changed though. Nowadays fans, players and managers await changes to the original fixture list that comes out in June and Hodgson has a number of those coming up in future weeks, starting this weekend when his team face Bournemouth in an 8pm Monday night kick-off.

The Palace boss is happy to accept that in the football world these days he will have some weeks where Saturday afternoon will be spent away from the touchline.    

Even though I have been going a long time, I have not really been one of those that get on the bandwagon to say football is played at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon.

“I think I realised long ago that if we want all the benefits that Sky, BT and all the other organisations now bring to us in terms of finance, they are going to have a good say in when matches are being played because that is their business and they want people to tune into the games.

“So as far as I am concerned, I accept whatever is thrown our way and we work hard in the week to prepare for whatever day the game is being played upon, and I don't have any concerns in that respect,” said Hodgson as he revealed that he will not be taking in every goal as it is scored elsewhere on Saturday in front of a TV screen but his concentration will be on the next game for his side, even though he admits when the clock ticks around to 3pm he will be missing the dugout.

“The 3pm on a Saturday if you are not at a game can be strange moments. What I normally do these days is to try and get as far away from the TV as possible if I can’t find a game to go and see that is suitable.

“My concentration & focus is Crystal Palace Football Club and sometimes I don't want to be diving up and down the country on a Saturday knowing we have got a training session on a Sunday and a match on Monday.

“I prefer to harness my energy and harness my concentration for the match that matters to me, and there is only one that matters to me this weekend, and that is Bournemouth against Crystal Palace.”

Watch the full press conference now or go to Palace TV if you are viewing on the app. 

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