Although Roy Hodgson would not have allowed the current situation at Crystal Palace to be filmed by Amazon, he is waiting for the ‘When Eagles Dare’ documentary that will air next month.
The broadcasters will release a new docuseries on June 4, showingCrystal Palace
’s journey from 2010 until three years later when they triumphed their Sky Bet Championship play-off.
Similar shows have been made forTottenham
, andManchester City
by Amazon Prime Video and before taking on Sheffield United,
“I’m not certain (Marcelo) Bielsa, the guys at Sunderland, Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, I don’t know how much they actually welcomed it.
“I’m certain the decision to do the documentary wouldn’t be a decision that would land on their table, it would be a decision made by the club.
“But if you want my honest opinion about would I have liked to have been a prominent figure and people seeing behind the scenes behaviour, I wouldn’t have welcomed that. That’s a purely selfish thing, of course. I prefer to do my work with a degree of privacy and not to make it all public.”
Hodgson has experience in this area as he permitted a filmmaker into his life when he was managing Switzerland and his wife gave him a bad review.
“There was a quite famous film maker who decided he wanted to sort of go behind the scenes with regard to my thinking, personality and character and I accepted a dinner invitation.
“It was a dinner with him, answering questions over dinner, and my wife has never forgive me for that saying ‘it was the worst decision you ever made’.
“She didn’t think it was a good idea in the first place and she didn’t think the questions and the way I handled them was particularly good.
“And she’s normally right about those things. Actually, I never watched it back because I wasn’t that happy with it anyway and at least I spared myself the pain of watching it.”
The 73-year-old will watch the documentary that was created by the in-house production team Palace TV. When Amazon is also broadcasting the Premier League like Sky Sports, BT Sport and BBC, the former England manager wants more clubs to get asked to create these programs.
The fact is we get so much from the broadcasters, they’ve done so much in terms of putting money into the game and that money doesn’t just help academies, it’s communities with community projects and certainly provides a lot of income for the players involved, so they’ve got to try and get something back,”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing it. It has been a long time in the making, a lot of hard work has gone into it and it covers a very interesting period of the club’s history.
“The club could so easily have plummeted into what is League One and that would have been one hell of a long way back to get into the Premier League from there.
“It was thanks of course to true supporters like Steve Parish and Stephen Browett who put their fanship on the line along with their money to rescue the club.
“So I can’t wait to see it and I’m certain for any Crystal Palace fan it will be a must-watch but I think it would interest a lot of football fans, who are not connected with Palace itself.”
As Eagles assured their stay in the Premier League, next season will be their eighth. However, it may be Hodgson’s last as his contract will expire in the summer.
Most of us in football, we are somewhat like actors in a way, it’s a profession that grips and is a hard one to leave behind,”
“I’ve got two important weeks now, with five games and I’m anxious to see those through and then there will be plenty of time for me to contemplate what should be the next move for myself.”