What do Roy Hodgson Premier League stats tell us?
FootyOn look at Roy Hodgson Premier League stats after he is confirmed as the new Crystal Palace manager.
As the Eagles ditched Frank de Boer after four top-flight fixtures and parachuted Hodgson into the Selhurst Park hotseat, he deserves attention.
We all know how Hodgson’s last job ended – in ignominy and resignation after minnows Iceland knocked England out of Euro 2016.
More relevant than his international record, however, are Roy Hodgson Premier League stats.
He takes over a Palace side who are best-price 11/8 favourites with BetVictor for relegation.
Eagles and PL fans read the below statistics and make of them what you will…
Never relegated, but teams have been in trouble
One of the key Roy Hodgson Premier League stats is he has never been relegated as a top-flight manager.
Like new employers Palace, he took over at Fulham (2007-10) when they were in the bottom three and, despite losing his first three games, kept them up.
Hodgson won just one of his first nine league matches at the Craven Cottage club, but ensured a dramatic survival by winning five of the next nine.
Fulham stayed up in 2007/08 on goal difference and that fighting spirit he instilled across London means the Eagles are odds-on at 8/15 to beat the drop.
Hodgson then took the Whites to a top seven finish and a Europa League final. Palace fans can dream.
It would be wrong to portray Hodgson as always navigating troubled waters, though, as his 52-league game stint at Blackburn Rovers (1997-98) ended with the Ewood Park outfit propping up the Premier League.
Hodgson had steered Rovers to a top six finish in his first season in Lancashire after losing just two of his first 21 games, but the former PL champions’ form tailed off dramatically.
Liverpool also axed him over the festive period in 2010/11 when just four points above the relegation zone following a summer switch from Fulham.
Before taking the England job in 2012, Hodgson steered West Bromwich Albion to two comfortable mid-table finishes (11th and 10th).
More of a loser than winner
Another of the interesting Roy Hodgson Premier League stats is his win-loss record.
At all four top-flight teams he’s managed, Hodgson has lost more games than he has won.
Only 18 PL victories at Blackburn were offset by 21 defeats, while for 32 wins at Fulham he lost 38 matches.
Hodgson tasted seven league successes at Liverpool, only to lose nine of his 20 in charge.
Even at West Brom, it’s the same old story with 18 victories to 19 defeats.
It leaves Hodgson with a 35 per cent winning record from 216 Premier League matches, losing 40 per cent and drawing the remaining quarter.
Far from keeping it clean
Clean sheets were the first thing identified by former Palace boss Sam Allardyce in his blueprint for avoiding relegation.
That came during a recent Sky Sports TV appearance, but Roy Hodgson Premier League stats suggest Eagles fans cannot expect it most of the time.
As his PL career has progressed, albeit with a lengthy spell coaching abroad between Blackburn and returning to English football with Fulham, Hodgson’s teams have got steadily worse at shutting out the opposition.
At Rovers, there was a high of 30.6 per cent (17 of 52) clean sheets; while at Fulham this dropped to 30.3 per cent (31 in 94).
Hodgson’s Liverpool side shut out just six Premier League sides in 20 matches (30 per cent) and at the Baggies it dropped off even further to a worryingly low 22 per cent (11 of 50).
It leaves him with a 30 per cent clean sheet record (65 out of 216) and Hodgson PL teams have thus let in goals in 70 per cent of his matches.
Conceding more than they score
So if his sides can’t keep clean sheets more than two-thirds of the time, it follows that defensive records in general can’t be great.
This hypothesis is indeed backed up by Roy Hodgson Premier League stats.
During his days at Blackburn, Rovers conceded 74 in 52 while netting 71 and at Fulham goals shipped again exceeded those scored.
In 94 top-flight games in charge at the Cottage, Hodgson saw his side let in 105 and net 95.
It’s a similar story at Liverpool (27 conceded, 24 scored in 20) and The Hawthorns (72 conceded, 67 scored in 50).
That means Hodgson teams have let in an average of 1.29 goals per game (278 in 216) and scored an average of just 1.19 (257).
How often have Hodgson sides failed to score?
If goals conceded exceed goals scored during his Premier League career to date, then that raises the questions of how often have his clubs drawn a blank?
Hodgson’s overall record in this regard is his teams have failed to score in just shy of a third (32.9 per cent, 71 out of 216) of games.
This of course depends on the quality of the players at his disposal, and it’s no surprise to find his Liverpool spell is the lowest for not netting in matches.
Failing to hit a goal in just four of his 20 league outings in charge of the Anfield outfit (20 per cent) is just half the struggles Hodgson experienced in this regard at Fulham.
That Craven Cottage tenure is the longest of his in the Premier League, but Fulham failed to find the net in 41.5 per cent (39) of his 94 games in charge.
It’s an ever higher percentage than Hodgson’s Blackburn stint where Rovers faltered in front of goal on 16 occasions out of 52 (30.8).
Hope for Palace fans from Roy Hodgson Premier League stats comes in the Liverpool numbers above and the fact that West Brom drew a blank in less than a quarter of his 50 games at The Hawthorns helm (12 out of 50, 24 per cent).
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