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Roy Hodgson to remain Crystal Palace manager next season

Crystal Palace will retain Roy Hodgson as their manager for the upcoming season, according to Sky Sports

The verbal agreement to retain Hodgson came after Palace’s management carefully evaluated various options and conducted extensive due diligence. 

The manager’s popularity among key players in the squad played a significant role in swaying the final decision.

Hodgson initially took over as Palace’s manager in March, replacing Patrick Vieira on a short-term contract. 

Under his guidance, the team picked up an impressive 18 points from his ten games in charge, comfortably securing their position in the Premier League.

Hodgson’s side won five, drew three and suffered only two defeats in his ten games. He successfully reversed the team’s fortunes after a dismal 12-game winless streak.

This spell is not Hodgson’s first stint with Palace. He previously spent nearly four years with the club between September 2017 to May 2021. 

During this period, he led the Eagles to finishes of 11th, 12th, 14th and 14th in the Premier League before his departure when his contract expired, making way for Vieira to take over.

With a managerial career spanning an impressive 47 years, Hodgson’s experience is unquestionable. 

Beginning in 1976 with Swedish club Halmstads BK, he has since become a well-known figure in football. 

During his first tenure at Selhurst Park, Hodgson managed 162 games, recording 54 victories, an average points-per-game of 1.22, and a 33.3 win percentage.

Many people believed Hodgson would retire from the dugout following his departure from Palace in May 2021. 

However, he surprised them by taking charge of Watford in January 2022. He could not prevent their relegation, winning only two out of 18 games.

Despite this setback, several Palace players wanted Hodgson to return after his stellar work last season.

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