Mourinho pays tribute to Hodgson as Palace line up Dyche

Date published: Sunday 26th July 2020 9:01

Crystal Palace have 'a boardroom belief' that the manager needs to change. Mourinho will be aghast.

Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to “our boss” Roy Hodgson – as Crystal Palace line up his replacement.

Hodgson is the oldest manager in Premier League history and will start next season at the age of 73.

He signed a contract extension at Palace, his 20th team of a remarkable managerial career, in March. But a run of seven consecutive defeats have persuaded the club to consider a change in the coaching hierarchy.

The Sunday Mirror say Hodgson ‘is facing the chop’ after that patch of form has left him ‘under the microscope’ at Selhurst Park.

As a result, ‘there’s a boardroom belief it’s time for a managerial change,’ with Sean Dyche the main target.

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The news that Hodgson could soon be out of work will come as a surprise to Tottenham manager Mourinho, who spoke fondly of his contemporary earlier this week.

“In the end there is always a boss,” he told Sky Sports. “Sir Alex was our boss for many years, now Roy is our boss.

“It’s a way to show respect to the one who has more experience and is in the league for a long time.

“I think especially for the younger people to look at the top of the building and say: ‘He is the boss. He is the one’. And I think we should all respect that.

“I like him a lot. I admire him. I had a great relationship with him when he was the England manager and I am so happy that for another season he has reached his objectives and that next season he will be there again to be our boss.

“He’s a great person, it’s incredible. He has respect for everybody, so I think ‘the boss’ fits him perfectly.”

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