In a move sure to put a smile on the face of Palace fans, Roy Hodgson stands as one of four managers in contention for the Barclay’s Premier League Manager of the Month award for August.
The decorated former Liverpool and England manager joins the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, whose managerial exploits last season saw their respective Liverpool and Manchester City sides go head to head for Premier League title supremacy – with the latter clinching the title by a handful of points.
Meanwhile, impressive wins for Palace over Manchester United and Aston Villa see Palace sitting in a comfortable 4th-place standing ahead of the international break. With 7 points to their name already, the boys of SE25 will be hoping they can continue their good run of form under Hodgson’s stewardship.
In particular, Hodgson’s start to this season’s campaign was highlighted by the win at Old Trafford; the win was the first Crystal Palace victory against United in Premier League history, and the first at Old Trafford.
Despite a limited squad that lacks depth in certain key positions, Hodgson appears to have constructed a well-drilled and disciplined side that has counter-attacked effectively.
Moreover, the boys of SE25 have impressively conceded the fewest goals in the division thus far, only allowing two goals to penetrate the Palace defence. This defensive capability, bolstered by the formidable performances of veteran ex-England star Gary Cahill, will surely prove integral to Palace’s future successes this season.
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Hodgson is certainly against tough competition here, but he could be in with a small chance of winning.
Klopp may have a perfect record, with Leicester and Manchester City both unbeaten, giving Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers a shot, but you can’t rule out Hodgson.
He has lead Palace to an impressive run in the league since February, and could be in line to pick up the crown.