Hodgson an unlikely manager of the month
Crystal Palace's Roy Hodgson is among four nominations for the Premier League manager of the month but should it be weighted more towards the smaller clubs?
Hodgson joined Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp, Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola and Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers in being on the shortlist for the accolade.
While Guardiola and Klopp are no strangers to the award, Hodgson’s name has not been mentioned in connection with the prize much recently while Rodgers won it three times while in charge of Liverpool.
Many managers take the monthly award with a pinch of salt, with the so-called ‘curse’ whereby the recipient loses their next match, and the question has to be asked about its relevance when there is so much disparity between clubs’ budgets.
Hodgson’s Eagles winning a game against a top-six side should possibly be deemed a better feat than Liverpool winning all four of their matches so far this season – but it does not appear to work that way.
Guardiola has won it seven times during his stint as City manager while Klopp has collected the gong on three occasions.
Hodgson has been named manager of the month four times at previous clubs but never while in charge at Selhurst Park.
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Liverpool sit at the top of the Premier League with maximum points while City are second, just two behind.
Palace are fourth with seven but pulled off a stunning 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford – a result that doubtless saw Hodgson considered for MOTM.
A glance at the history of the award sees Sir Alex Ferguson way out in front with 27 – no surprise really given the dominance of the Red Devils during his time in charge.
Arsene Wenger is next on 15 – reflecting the longevity of the French tactician while David Moyes is a surprise name in third place with 10.
It is likely that Hodgson will miss out and the 72-year-old will not lose any sleep over the panel’s decision but factors such as the money spent on new players and ‘size’ of the club should be considered.
Those from the lower reaches know they will be in for a tough 10 months of the campaign and may well be embroiled in a relegation dogfight and so points taken off the top six are like gold dust.
With that in mind, the former England boss should be handed the award for his side’s heroics at the Theatre of Dreams as it may prove crucial when the dust settles on the campaign – but the smart money is on another win for Klopp.