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Mr. Roy and a career defined by modest excellence | Football


A couple of years ago, The Fiver found out about a delicious concept called “Goodbye English.” (According to our cousin Theme Pub O’Fiver, it’s more commonly referred to as “goodbye Irish,” but that doesn’t suit our purposes, so we mute it for the day.) In short, it is when someone leaves the pub. , or any meeting, without saying goodbye. In our experience, this is usually the intersection of a Venn diagram that has three circles: shyness, alcoholism, and rampant self-loathing.

Even in the prime of youth, the English are not good at saying goodbye. What are you supposed to do with your eyes, regardless of your hands? So think of Roy, the septuagenarian who has to say goodbye to 6,500 fans at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace take on Arsenal on Wednesday night. It is recorded that Mr. Roy is not a fan of leaving two; he was deeply offended when he had to give a press conference after resigning as England coach in 2016. Later on, at least, the atmosphere will be a little warmer. Roy, who took over when Palace was pointless and goalless, has quietly done an outstanding job at Selhurst Park. The extent of its overcoming may become painfully apparent in the next two years.

“I don’t like the idea that he has a fanfare and retires from football like he’s retiring from life,” Roy said, as a horse-drawn carriage drove through the Selhurst tunnel. “There are still things I would like to do, I still have energy and enthusiasm to do other things. It’s just a matter of being a little cautious, I guess, of saying ‘well I’m retiring’ and then finding myself at Frank Sinatra’s old position where you retire every year or so. “If it’s your final job, the four years Roy’s in Palace are a neat microcosm of his career: silent achievement, big bloody noses, Two Banks of Four, the occasional slightly gratuitous reference to love for JP Donleavy. Sometimes it seemed like you could have given Mr. Roy the best gear. of the Premier League or worse and he would drag either of them to the middle of the table. It is true that he collected all kinds of trophies in Sweden in the late 1970s, but his greatest achievement in England was taking Fulham to the end of Big Vase in 2010, a career that included a comeback for the ages against Juve.

That kind of night was not really in keeping with a career that was defined by modest excellence. He liked it almost universally … almost – which is why he largely escaped criticism for, let’s be honest, a desperate spell as England’s manager. The only club where they really hated him was Liverpool, after six chaotic months in which his most notable achievement was become a meme. He was also ridiculed for calling Northampton “a formidable challenge” ahead of a Milk Cup tie, although Roy had the last laugh when Liverpool went out on penalties. And so, thanks to the vagaries of a randomly generated match roster, his last game as Palace manager, perhaps the last of his career, will be at Anfield on Sunday, and Liverpool will likely need a win to qualify for the Grand Cup. If he denies them, Mr. Roy should forget the traditional English goodbye and do the david pleat dance instead.


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