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Crystal Palace reappoint Roy Hodgson as manager following Patrick Vieira sacking

Crystal Palace have announced the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their manager until the end of the season.

The 75-year-old left the Selhurst Park club after the 2020-21 season and initially retired.

However, Hodgson briefly returned to management last season to take charge of Watford.

He will now look to guide Palace to safety after Patrick Vieira was sacked last week.

The Frenchman led the Eagles to 12th place last season, but a 12-game winless run in 2023 cost him his job.

Palace are 12th in the Premier League after 28 games, but just three points separate them from the drop zone.

Hodgson kept the Eagles up for four seasons and he will fancy his chances of doing it again.

He will be joined by Paddy McCarthy, who will work as his assistant manager.

He was the club’s under-21 coach and was in charge of last Sunday’s game against Arsenal.

McCarthy was tipped to be given the job until the season, but the 4-1 loss to the Gunners may have cost him that chance.

Ray Lewington has also returned as a first-team coach and reunited with Hodgson.

Dean Kiely will remain in his position as goalkeeping coach.

Palace resume Premier League action on April 1, when they host struggling Leicester City.

They have ten games left in the campaign, but only two of those fixtures are against teams above them in the table.

Hodgson will look to start his reign with a win, and Palace could do with that having gone 12 league games without victory.

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