Hodgson: Palace survival an ‘achievement to be proud of’

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has said that securing the clubs Premier League safety would be an achievement to be proud of.

The former England manager has guided the Eagles to within touching distance of safety, six point clear of the drop zone with three games remaining, although four of the six team below them do have a game in hand.

Palace looked dead and buried when Hodgson took over at Selhurst Park, with his predecessor Frank de Boer having failed to have won a single point during his extremely short time in charge.

Speaking about the possibility of avoiding relegation, the 70-year-old  said: “It would be an achievement I’d be very proud of, no question about that, and I’d be very proud of the players. Coaches help to prepare the players, but they don’t win matches off their own bat.

“If this team survives, and we are in the Premier League next season, I would be delighted for them, I would be delighted for the club and, yes, I will be very proud of what they have done.”

However, he refused to rank the achievement alongside his others within the game in his 42 year managerial career.

“I don’t want to start ranking achievements because I’ve spent a large part of my coaching career abroad and there were some pretty good moments among those years as well – that’s why I don’t just have to walk down the streets of England to be recognised.”

Aside from England, Hodgson has managed in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Finland and the UAE, as well as his ultimately disappointing spell as England boss from 2012 to 2016.

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