Roy Hodgson will ‘stay on as Crystal Palace manager for another year’ after the veteran manager made a stunning impact on his return to the club last season
- Roy Hodgson previously managed Crystal Palace for four years from 2017 to 2021
- Hodgson returned in March following the dismissal of Patrick Vieira by the club
- He had a superb impact, winning five of 10 games and he is now set to stay
According sky sports.
The 75-year-old replaced Patrick Vieira in March after the Frenchman was sacked by the club as he returned to Selhurst Park just under two years after initially leaving the club.
The former England boss had a stunning impact in the final months of the season, winning five of his 10 games as the Eagles finished 11th.
Palace bosses are said to have considered various longer-term options for the role, but the success of Hodgson’s return to the club convinced the hierarchy to stick with him.
He’s also hugely popular with players and helped inspire stars such as Eberechi Eze – who added six goals in 10 appearances – to be called up for the England squad.
Roy Hodgson is set to stay as Crystal Palace for another season after agreeing a deal
This popularity among the club’s stars was crucial for Hodgson to stay with his boyhood club.
The deal is yet to be fully signed but contract formalities are expected to be settled in the near future before the first team return for pre-season training ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.
In total, Hodgson won five, drew three and lost just two of his 10 matches in charge as he reversed the fortunes of a team that was on a 12-game winless streak.
The Englishman has already spent almost four years with Palace between September 2017 and May 2021.
During his tenure, he guided the Eagles to 11th, 12th, 14th and 14th places, before leaving at the end of his contract to be replaced by Vieira.
Hodgson’s managerial career now spans 47 years after his first role with Swedish side Halmstads BK in 1976.
During his initial stint at Selhurst Park, the veteran won 54 of his 162 games in charge, averaging 1.22 points per game and winning percentage of 33.3.
His time in the dugout also encompassed spells in charge of Inter Milan, Switzerland, Blackburn, Udinese, Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and England.
After leaving Palace in May 2021, Hodgson was widely thought to step down from the dugout, but he took over at Watford last January.
However, he was unable to help the Hornets avoid relegation, winning just two of his 18 games in charge and losing 13 before returning triumphantly to Palace.
Speaking at the end of last season, the 75-year-old remained tight-lipped when asked if he would stay at the club.
He said: “My situation is very simple: I took a job, I was happy to take the job.
“The mandate was simple – come in and help the team get the number of points we need to stay in the league.” That’s what I did and what I loved doing.
“I’m not ready to make a comment like that (if he wants to stay). Before I start talking about whether I want to stay somewhere or take a job, someone better offer me some A.