Roy Hodgson was at the Crystal Palace training ground at Copers Cope Road this morning to get his office set up and lay the foundation for his second stint in south London.
The 75-year-old took the call from Steve Parish to return to the job he left only 18 months ago and the work description is simple-keep the team in the Premier League.
Roy’s record at Palace reads 162 games played, won 54, drawn 38 and lost 70, with a 33% win percentage. His first stint which lasted four seasons saw the Eagles finish 11th, 12th and two 14th place finishes before his departure in September 2021.
The former Inter Milan and England manager’s return to Palace has divided the fanbase but Steve Parish feels he’s the manager to rescue their season after 12 games without a win since the start of the year.
Here are some things Hodgson is likely to change to suit his style and hopefully get the best out of the team.
Prepare for all games at the training ground
Patrick Vieira introduced the training at Selhurst a day before home games and that is likely to change as Hodgson loves to prepare meticulously for games at the training ground, including home games.
The manager and his trusted lieutenant Ray Lewington like to keep everything at Copers Cope Road so it will be interesting to see if they make changes to the routine, especially the one before the home game at Selhurst.
Having Wednesday and Sundays off
Most Premier League teams have Sundays off when they play on a Saturday and it was really normal to have the Sunday off after the weekend game- but Hodgson loved a Wednesday off too which in reality helped players plan their week and know what was ahead. He had that Wednesday off too as the manager of Watford.
Under Vieira the off days rotated based on the games and general feel within the club, but Hodgson is very structured and likes to let every know what the rota was like for the week ahead.
Most players like the fact they had set a day off as it helped plan their lives instead not knowing when the next free day day would be like.
Change training time from 9am to 9:30am
Players could also see training time moved from 9:00am in the morning to possibly half nine. This is solely based on the fact that towards the end of Hodgson’s first stint,training was always at half nine and this helped players drop off kids at school before getting to the training facility.
Hodgson is likely to revert to what he knows that work and allow the players to do that instead of having partners or hiring someone to drop off their kids.