Palace News – Zaha Chats To Rio, Hodgson Happy With Players, Opening Fixtures Confirmed

Hodgson Happy For Players To Express Themselves

Roy Hodgson made an appearance on The Football Show this week which is aired every weekday morning on Sky Sports. The former England boss talked about contact training and said how difficult social distance training was before that but there is nothing quite like proper training and everyone is pleased they are back to it. The players are getting to a decent level of fitness, better than he expected in fact after the players returned to training in good shape after the lengthy lay off. They will be ready for the first game back but there are concerns that th injury situation could well be a real factor after such a long break.

He added that he felt it was hard to see how the game was going to return with so many decisions to be made but the Premier League have done a fantastic job to ensure safety of everyone and not one stone has been left unturned. Hodgson mentioned that he has been fine during lockdown, has found ways to entertain himself by reading and going on long walks. There were times when it was hard to imagine normal life again but now there is some real light at the end of tunnel.

When asked about the protests that are taking place in the USA and being followed around the world, he commented that he has always been defensive of players, they don’t get the credit they deserve a lot of the time, many of them are very astute people. Very proud of his players, how they have handled this period. Happy for players to express themselves and make a stand.

Roy also shared his views on the fitness of the squad on the official club website“I must give the players enormous credit. It is quite incredible really, the fitness work they have put in individually guided by Scott Guyett and Doctor Zaf.”

Fixtures Confirmed As Project Restart Ramps Up

The first three games to be played behind closed doors have been confirmed for Palace as the next step was taken this week on the road to seeing the Premier League return.

The Eagles get back to competitive football again with a trip to the South Coast to take on Bournemouth. The game will be played on Saturday 20th June and will kick off at 7.45pm. It will be the first live Premier League game to ever be shown on the BBC.

Next up will be a trip to Anfield (or a neutral venue – still to be decided) on Wednesday 24th June, kicking off at 8.15pm and airing on Sky Sports.

The third fixture to be confirmed is the home game against Burnley which will be played on Monday 29th June. Kick off will be 8pm with the game being shown live on Amazon.

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Five Substitutes To be Used In Premier League

Following hot on the heels of the Bundesliga, the Premier League have followed suit by permitting five changes in each of the remaining games. The numbers of substitutes that can be named has also increased, to seven.

Rio Ferdinand Chats Openly To Wilfried Zaha

In The Locker Room by Reveal, Rio Ferdinand had a very open chat with Wilf about a number of different things, including the much rumoured reason why he fell out of favour at Old Trafford under David Moyes, social media, Palace, Ivory Coast and much more.

New Series Inspired By Former Palace Players

A new comedy series called ‘The First Team’ to be aired on the BBC was inspired by a chance meeting with Damien Delaney and Matt Lawrence. Ian Morris, co-creator on The Inbetweeners and now this new series, sat next to the two players on a flight to Los Angeles. Head over to the official club website to find out more. The first series of six episodes are available to download from BBC iPlayer.

Celebrating Ten Years Since Consortium Saved Club

This week marked ten years since the quartet of Steve Parish, Steve Browett, Marting Long and Jeremy Hosking agreed a deal to rescue the club from pending oblivion.

Former co-Chairman Steve Browett shared his experience on the official club website“What Steve [Parish] did was incredible. Getting the deal together to purchase Selhurst and the club – which we all agreed was the only way forward – was incredibly complicated, and he achieved the near-unachievable.”

Anniversary Of Arguably Best Palace Manager Being Appointed

Former Manchester United and England winger Steve Coppell was appointed boss of the Eagles on 4th June 1984 by then chairman Ron Noades. Fresh from retiring from the game at the young age of 28 in 1983 due to a knee injury, he became the one of the youngest men to manage a club in the Football League. It was a gamble at the time but we all know now how much of an astute appointment it went on to be.

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