Roy Hodgson 'given brutal ultimatum to save his job' after talks with Palace chairman


Roy Hodgson is reportedly set to remain in charge of Crystal Palace for Tuesday's Premier League clash with Sheffield United but his position is under threat following a devastating 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal last time out.

According to the Guardian, Hodgson recently met with Palace chairman Steve Parish to discuss his job. Hodgson was told he will have to turn the Eagles' fortunes around over the next few weeks otherwise he is likely to be shown the door.

After the Sheffield game, Palace play Brighton away from home on February 3 before hosting Chelsea on February 12. The south Londoner's response over the next three games will be crucial in deciding whether Hodgson will remain in his post.

Palace didn't put up much of a fight on Saturday as they were steamrolled by Arsenal at the Emirates. The defeat raised further questions about whether Hodgson is the right man for the job with the Eagles now flying dangerously close to the drop zone in 15th.

Asked about whether he still has the support of the Palace board after the drubbing at Arsenal, Hodgson replied: “That's a question for them, isn't it? But if you're asking me if I've ever felt a lack of support from them, then the answer is no.

"I think they've been good, but I mean now in [the] situation that you're obviously discussing, in this scenario you're envisaging, that's going to be a question for them. When a team isn't doing as well as it should be doing, someone needs to be held responsible, and that's the manager.”

According to the Daily Mail, club chairman Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman are already identifying replacements for Hodgson. Former Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper and ex-Wolves head coach Julen Lopetegui are both said to be among those being considered to succeed Hodgson.

The report goes on to add that Parish wants Hodgson to see out the season but their recent run of results may force his hand. Palace have only won two out of their last 10 Premier League games and are just five points clear of the relegation zone.

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