Crystal manager Roy Hodgson admits the game against Nottingham Forest could be his last at the club after accepting a firefighter’s job to rescue the club from a potential relegation scuffle in March.
Five wins and two draws have put the Eagles in a healthy situation and they could match their joined best finish in eight years if they can grab all three points at home against Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest.
No manager in the Premier League has had a telling impact like Croyden-born Hodgson in such a short space of time this season- with the Eagles comfortably in midtable heading into the final game of the season.
There have been silent talks of keeping Hodgson who has excelled and broadly exceeded expectations given the circumstances he was hired.
But he’s told reporters that as far as he’s concerned, Sunday’s game at Selhurst could be the end for him and his coaching staff.
He told reporters: “I signed a contract until the end of the season here, I was very happy to do so, I’m grateful to be given the opportunity.
“All along, I have seen this as my last game on my contract, as far as I am concerned, that is what it is.
“I don’t know, I’ll wait until the day arrives, if it ever arrives, I’ll make a decision then. I don’t have to concern myself about that, what’s on the table for me at the moment is to see my contract out, thank everyone for the wonderful time I’ve had these last two and a half months and hopefully help the team to get a result in their last game like we’ve been able to do in the last nine.”
Midfielder James McArthur who has spent nine years at the club having joined from Wigan will also depart the club this weekend but the future of Wilfried Zaha is still up in the air with the forward undecided on what his next step will be.