'It's Too Late' - Roy Hodgson Doesn't Want Allardyce Apology
Somewhat overlooked in the general furore surrounding the manner in which Sam Allardyce found himself out of the England job, the Everton boss will come into contact with one of those he chose to insult during the Telegraph sting.
His predecessor in the role of England manager, Crystal Palace's Roy Hodgson was singled out by Allardyce in a tasteless manner.
Making light of Hodgson's slight speech-impediment, Allardyce also suggested that the former Inter Milan boss had "no personality", and was "too indecisive" as England were rocked out of Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland.
While few would question that Hodgson's role as England manager met the standards of Allardyce's subsequent 100% win rate, ahead of Crystal Palace's clash with Everton this weekend, Hodgson has revealed that Allardyce never felt compelled to apologise for his remarks.
Although Hodgson doesn't seem overly surprised, or bothered:
Do you like being insulted? No, not particularly. Did it bother me? I didn't lose any sleep over it.
My relationship with him before I always thought was good.
Now I would expect it to be less good.
While Allardyce has suggested that a public apology (and a failed attempted to contact Hodgson personally) demonstrated his willingness to repent, Hodgson feels it has now gone beyond the acceptable time to bother addressing the issue any further:
No. Far too late. It has gone.
It belongs to the distant past. In jobs like I am doing at the moment when you are the manager of a Premier League club, you live very much in the ultimate present and the future.
Having taken over Crystal Palace after Frank de Boer's short-lived reign in charge, Hodgson has worked tremendously to take a club that had failed to score a league goal after their first seven games to 14th in the league.