HOT OR NOT: Palace were in safe hands with Hodgson… how has Levy got away with the mess at Spurs?


HOT OR NOT: It wasn’t pretty but Crystal Palace were in safe hands with Roy Hodgson… and would any other Tottenham employee get away with the mess created by Daniel Levy?

  • Roy Hodgson was primarily brought in to keep Palace safe and he delivered
  • Richard Bland claimed his first title at the 478th attempt at the British Masters
  • With Tottenham’s season now drifting to nowhere good, the pressure is on Levy

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.

HOT 

Richard Bland

Some numbers on this guy. 

Prior to last weekend, he had played 477 tournaments as a pro across 25 years, returned to qualifying school 10 times and played close to 1,450 competitive rounds on tour. Never a winner. 

And then, aged 48, he got it done at the British Masters. Lovely stuff.

England’s Richard Bland claimed his first title at the 478th attempt at the British Masters 

Roy Hodgson

It hasn’t been pretty and with the players Crystal Palace have had, you might have hoped for quicker pulses. 

But he was primarily brought there to keep them safe and across four seasons they have finished 11th, 12th, 14th and are 13th with one game to go of this loop. 

He delivered.

Roy Hodgson will leave Crystal Palace when his contract expires at the end of the season

Roy Hodgson will leave Crystal Palace when his contract expires at the end of the season

Max Burgin

On his last day as an 18-year-old, he ran the fastest 800m time in the world this season. 

He also broke the European Under 20 record, just as he broke age-grade world records at 15. 

The instinct back then was to resist hype because he was a growing lad in an unpredictable sport. 

Now it looks ever more likely that Britain has its next great middle-distance runner.

NOT

Daniel Levy

He hired Jose Mourinho against all logic and he then made the odder call to sack him before a cup final.

With Tottenham’s season now drifting to nowhere good, they have no manager and soon they’ll have no Harry Kane. 

How many other Spurs employees would get away with causing such a mess?

Pressure is building on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy amid problems on and off the pitch

Pressure is building on Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy amid problems on and off the pitch

Boxing

As the wind blows today, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will not fight each other next, and already the sell is on to make us excited about lesser options.

The shame in this farce is that it isn’t a surprise. No other sport is configured so appallingly; no other sport fails so regularly to give the fans what they want.

Cricket Australia

They want Cameron Bancroft to come forward with any new information after he suggested the bowlers possibly, maybe, probably knew what was going on in the 2018 ball-tampering episode. 

The feeling persists that if CA couldn’t figure it all out three years ago then it’s perhaps best if they just quit while they’re behind.