sport news How Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson got the Eagles flying

No-one gave Roy Hodgson a chance in keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League when he was appointed manager in September.

Frank de Boer last just five games before he was sacked - the Eagles without a point or a league goal during the Dutchman’s disastrous spell in charge.

Fast forward four months and Palace have lost just once in 11 games and sitting pretty in 14th place.

So how has Hodgson turned this team of no-hopers into one of this country’s in-form teams? Sportsmail has a look at Hodgson’s impact.

Sportsmail has a look at Roy Hodgson’s impact since he took the reins at Crystal Palace

Sportsmail has a look at Roy Hodgson’s impact since he took the reins at Crystal Palace

Drills, drills, drills.

Head down to Crystal Palace’s Beckenham training complex and you’re likely to hear Roy Hodgson bellow: ‘and again’ or ‘one more time'. The best way to describe Hodgson’s training sessions? Mundane, but effective. Extremely effective. 

Players are drilled to within a inch of their lives during the week. For instance, there is a transition drill that Hodgson regular uses so players know exactly where to position themselves when Palace switch from defensive to attack. 

If a player is two yards out of position, Hodgson will invariably blow his whistle and start again until they get it right. When they eventually nail it, Hodgson will instruct them to do it again. 

‘Players know what to do in their sleep,’ said one source. Yes, it’s boring, but Hodgson’s methods are getting results. For that reason players are happy to accept the monotony.

Hodgson's mundane and repetetive method of training seems to be doing the trick

Hodgson's mundane and repetetive method of training seems to be doing the trick

Players are drilled to within a inch of their lives during the week by the former England boss

Players are drilled to within a inch of their lives during the week by the former England boss

Simplicity

Palace players didn’t know what De Boer was talking about half of the time. It wasn’t just his questionable communication skills, however. Some of the Dutchman’s tactical instructions left players perplexed. 

For instance, his decision to play Luka Milivojevic in a central defensive role during pre-season left players scratching their heads. Milivojevic was excellent in central midfield during the final months of last season, playing a key role in Palace’s great escape. 

There’s been no such difficulty now. Under Hodgson, Palace have two ways of playing, the manager expecting his players to switch between both systems during depending on how a match is shaping

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