The Fiver | Mr Roy and a career defined by humble excellence


A few years ago, The Fiver learned about a fun concept called the "British goodbye". (According to our cousin Theme Pub O'Fiver, it's more commonly known as the "Irish goodbye," but that just doesn't fit our purposes, so we muted it one day.) In short, it's when someone leaves the bar. or any meeting, without saying goodbye. In our experience, it's often the intersection of a Venn diagram with three circles: shyness, drinking, and extreme 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 of you having a fan and retiring from football as if you're retiring from life,” said Mr. There are still things I want to do, I still have the energy and enthusiasm to do other things. I guess it's just a matter of being a little cautious, saying 'well, I'm retiring' and then finding myself in the old Frank Sinatra position where you retire every year or so. ” If this is his last job, Mr. Roy's four years at the Palace are a perfect microcosm of his career: quiet success, bloody big noses, Two Banks of Four, the occasional slight redundant reference to the love of JP Donleavy. Sometimes he thought you might have given Mr. Roy the best team or the worst in the Premier League and he'd drag them both into the middle of the table. It's true that he's collected all sorts of trophies in Sweden as of late – the 70s, but his biggest success in England was taking Fulham to the Big Vase final in 2010, a run that included a comeback for the ages against Juve.

That kind of night didn't quite coincide with a career defined by humble excellence. He was loved almost universally – almost – which is why he largely escaped criticism, let's be honest, it's a hopeless spell as England manager. The only club he truly hated was Liverpool after six sassy months when his most important achievement was being a meme. He was also ridiculed for calling Northampton a "tough challenge" before a Milk Cup tie, but Mr Roy had the last laugh when Liverpool went on penalties. And so, thanks to the whims of a randomly generated fixture list, his last game as Palace manager – perhaps the last of his career – will be at Anfield on Sunday and Liverpool likely need a win to qualify for the Grand Cup. If he denies them, Mr. Roy should forget the traditional English farewell and dance the David Pleat instead.


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