Hodgson insists new contract talks are on the right track

Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says discussion over a new contract are still ongoing but remain positive.

Hodgson’s deal runs out at the end of the season and he has been discussing new terms with the Palace hierarchy.

The 72-year-old was reportedly seeking assurances over the club’s transfer plans this summer before agreeing to sign. But Hodgson insists that he and the board are on the right page.

“Well, the fact is the chairman and I had very positive discussions during the week. So I have no reason to doubt the intentions of the club are any different now to how they were: to ask me to stay,” he told reporters. “I’ll be having further discussions in the coming days and we’ll see where that leads.

“There’s no difference of opinion about what needs to be done. It’s just a question of finding the right way of getting the signatures.

“That’s a lot harder. It’s very easy to talk about targets and talk about recruitment but it’s a lot harder to find the players that you really need.

“That’s something that effects us all. It’s not me versus anybody. We’re all in that together, and we’re all attempting to add to the squad. But to add to it in a way that will make us a stronger unit.”

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