In the latest Crystal Palace news, winger Andros Townsend has paid tribute to Roy Hodgson’s methods as he looks to guide the Eagles to Premier League safety.
Palace are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the table but are just out of the relegation zone, two points clear of the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Liverpool.
It’s been a difficult season for the Londoners who appeared destined for the Championship after a dismal start under former boss Frank de Boer.
The Dutchman was brought in last summer following Sam Allardyce’s shock decision to quit, but the ex-Ajax boss’ reputation took a battering as his side lost the first five games of the season and he was sacked in September.
Hodgson was tasked with turning things around at Selhurst Park and has done a solid job, initially guiding them up the table before stumbling of late following a run of four straight defeats in February and March.
Palace still remain in danger of going down, with seven games to play this term, but Townsend is hopeful Hodgson can steer them clear of danger and they’re 11/2 to claim a win over Liverpool on Saturday with Unibet.
The former Newcastle and Spurs man says there is no let-up from the 70-year-old and he believes his way of working has given them the chance to preserve their Premier League status.
“The manager is relentless,” Townsend said. “After a win on Saturday, you’re in on the Monday preparing hard for the next game. It never gives you the chance to relax.
“When he came in, we were in a bad situation and had no confidence. He stripped everything back – basic drills, running time and again through where he wanted us to be at what stage of the game. Mechanical stuff but definitely what we needed.
“It’s no secret that I owe a lot to Roy because he gave me my first (England) caps. I am extremely grateful to him. And at club level he has given me the confidence to keep going.”
Following Saturday’s home clash with the Reds, Palace take on Bournemouth, Brighton, Watford and Leicester.