Roy Hodgson pointed out Charlton Athletic as an example of how heightened expectations can lead to a club’s downfall.
The Crystal Palace boss is facing criticism after enduring a rough patch with the Premier League side currently sitting in a safe mid-table position in the top flight.
Some supporters have called for a managerial change to help the club to push themselves into the top half of the table, but according to Hodgson, fans must be careful otherwise they risk seeing their club going the same way as the Addicks.
Of course he’s referencing the decision to sack Alan Curbishley as Charlton manager when the club were sitting comfortably in the top flight – a decision that ultimately started the club’s downward spiral that now sees them sitting in a mid-table position in League One.
As quoted by London News Online, Hodgson said: “I do think it is difficult and important for clubs. People need to be careful.
“When Alan Curbishley left Charlton many years ago, they were constantly in the top half of the table. It [a managerial changed] was because fans were not happy and thought that finishing in the top half of the Premiership wasn’t enough and that they needed to kick on. They did, they kicked downwards and that is the only problem.
“You have to be careful. This is part and parcel of our football life. As a manager, coach or player you’re going to be criticised for performances and people are going to read into things from performances that are not always there.
Can you remember how many league goals each of Charlton Athletic’s last 15 top goalscorers scored?
“As owners, you’re also going to face a lot of criticism from time to time. The so-called ‘lack of ambition’, whatever that happens to be – it covers a multitude of sins. These are topics and issues that are going to be raised every time you have a spell which is not living up to people’s expectations or hopes really.
“It is not a bad achievement for a team that has actually spent not very much money and has worked within a reasonable budget to be in the league every year. If people want more than that then it is going to take an enormous amount of investment because these days to get yourself into that top half of the Premier League – we can see what these clubs are spending – it is going to involve a massive expenditure.”
While it’s not nice to drag another club’s misfortunes into your own matters, Roy Hodgson certainly has a point.
The idea of changing manager is often appealing but as we’ve seen on plenty of occasions, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Charlton will certainly agree with that, as I’m sure in hindsight they’d have been quite happy with the gradual building that was done under Curbishley, rather than opting for a change and suffering the consequences.