Roy Hodgson has sent a stark warning to Crystal Palace chiefs over transfers and building required during the Summer.
Crystal Palace will now be looking forward to another year in the Premier League, after battling their way through a worrying relegation season.
Roy originally cam in to replace Frank de Boer in September. At that point Crystal Palace looked like sure fire candidates for the drop zone with a poor run of games and other teams in the relegation battle looking to overtake them.
Hodgson, has worked wonders at the club – turning fortunes around and fixing a previous poor record of starts.
Talks With Owners Begin
Roy believes that a heart to heart talk with co-owner Steve Parish is going to be vital to keep Crystal Palace flying high in the Premier League.
“I am hoping that when I get to speak to Steve Parish and the other directors that we can put in place a plan to make sure we don’t find ourselves fighting relegation,” Hodgson said.
“One thing that is 100 per cent certain is that you can’t do it year after year and continuously survive.
“If and when the survival comes this season that will be the third time in a very short period of time that it has been heart-in-the-mouth until pretty late in the season.
“If you really want to establish yourself as a Premier League club, then next season is going to be a very, very important one.”
Luckily for Crystal Palace, Roy came into the club at just the right time. Palace have avoided the drop this year, but Roy’s looking ahead to next year.
Crystal Palace play Stoke next – who unfortunately look certain to be a Championship Team next year.
“Quite a lot of games you play are teams with knives at their throat and desperation in how they need to play.
“We would be foolish if we were not prepared for a Stoke team giving every ounce of energy they can give, and they will be backed by a loud crowd.
“All we can do is make certain we play our football and keep our heads, and don’t get sucked into the type of football they need to play.”