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A few years ago The Fiver learned a delightful concept called "British farewell". (According to our cousin Theme Pub O'Fiver, it's better known as the "Irish farewell", but that doesn't fit our purposes so we silenced it one day.) In short, it's when someone leaves the bar. or any meeting, without saying goodbye. In our experience, it is usually the intersection of a Venn diagram with three circles: shyness, drinking, and excessive self-loathing.

youth, the British are not very good at goodbyes. What are you going to do with your eyes, never mind your hands? So think for the septuagenarian Mr. Roy, who has to say goodbye to 6, fans are in the arsenal Wednesday night at Selhurst Park while Crystal Palace plays. It was noted that Mr. Roy was not a fan of leaving files; . At least then the atmosphere will be a little warmer. Mr Roy, who took over while the palace was frivolous and heedless, quietly did an outstanding job in Selhurst Park. The extent of his extreme success may become painfully evident in the next year or two.

“I don't like the idea that you have a fan, and as you walk a horse-drawn carriage through the Selhurst tunnel, Mr. Roy retired from football as if you were retiring from life,” he said. There are still things I want to do, I still have the energy and enthusiasm to do other things. It's just a little bit of caution, I guess, saying 'well, I'm retiring' and then finding myself in the former Frank Sinatra position where you retire every year or so. “If this is his last job, the four years Mr. Roy's spent at the Palace is the perfect microcosm of his career: silent success, bloody big noses, Two Banks of Four, the occasional slightly unnecessary reference to JP Donleavy's love. Sometimes he thought you might have given Mr Roy the best team or worst in the Premier League and it would drag them both to the center of the table. It is true that he collected all kinds of trophies in Sweden in the late 70s, but his biggest success in England was to take Fulham to the Big Vase final 2010, a run against Juve that includes a comeback for the ages.

That kind of night didn't quite coincide with a career defined by humble perfection. It was almost universally loved - almost - so he largely escaped criticism, let's honest, desperate spell as a UK ruler. The only club he truly hated was Liverpool after six saucy months where his most notable success was being a meme. He was also mocked for calling Northampton "a tough challenge" before a Milk Cup tie, but Mr. Roy had the last laugh when Liverpool hit the penalties. And so, thanks to the whims of a randomly generated list of fixtures, his final match as the Palace manager - perhaps the last in his career - will be at Anfield on Sunday, and Liverpool probably needs a win to qualify for the Big Cup. If he denies them, Mr. Roy should forget the traditional English farewell and dance David Pleat instead.

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