Roy Hodgson facing increased pressure at Crystal Palace after poor results

Roy Hodgson facing increased pressure at Crystal Palace after poor results

Roy Hodgson is facing pressure to improve Crystal Palace’s results and performances – even though the club do not fear being dragged into a relegation scrap.

And Hodgson’s bid to bounce back from successive defeats against relegation candidates Everton and Luton Town has been hit by fears Cheick Doucoure will miss the rest of the season with the achilles injury he suffered at the weekend and that Eberechi Eze could be out for three to four weeks.

Telegraph Sport understands there is no panic at Selhurst Park over the threat of relegation and Hodgson’s position is not currently considered to be in danger, but the former England manager is expected to spark an upturn in results with games against West Ham United and Bournemouth to come.

Palace face Liverpool, Manchester City, Brighton and Chelsea after the West Ham and Bournemouth games, which could put Palace manager Hodgson in a tough spot if his team do not improve.

Co-owner Steve Parish has been a big supporter of Hodgson, who agreed to stay on for this season after doing a brilliant job in steering the club away from relegation danger last term.

Hodgson is contracted until the end of the campaign and there is already an expectation that this will be the final season the 76-year-old will be in charge of Palace.

Assistant-manager Paddy McCarthy has been groomed for potentially succeeding Hodgson, whether that be at the end of the season or if Palace are dragged into relegation danger and are forced to make a change earlier.

Palace are also thought to be among the clubs who have admired Kieran McKenna’s work at Ipswich Town from a distance.

Michael Olise signed a new contract at Palace after the club rejected a summer approach from Chelsea and the France Under-21 international scored a stunning goal against Luton.

Palace are likely to face more interest in the likes of Olise and England internationals Marc Guehi and Eberechi Eze, but will find it harder to hold on to their best players if they continue to struggle.

Eze suffered an ankle injury against Luton, amid initial concerns he is in danger of being ruled out for up to a month, while Doucoure could be out for as long as six months.

Palace have won only one of their last six games since beating Manchester United at Old Trafford and were knocked out of the League Cup.

Hodgson last week warned Palace and the club’s supporters to be careful what they wished for by pointing out Charlton Athletic’s demise after the departure of Alan Curbishley.

“I’m tired of hearing people talk about moving to the next level,” said Hodgson. “Because for me, moving to the next level reminds me of Charlton Football Club whenever I hear we need to move – ‘Curbishley’s got to go because we are only seventh or eighth in the league so we’ve got to get rid of Curbishley’, ‘We’ve had four years of this now and we are still only number eight, we need to move on to the next level’.

“I’m always very wary that for Charlton fans, all those fans who were speaking out, they should be very ashamed of themselves in a way because they didn’t realise how good it was when Curbishley was there and they were in those lofty positions in the Premier League.”

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