Roy Hodgson to stay with Crystal Palace

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Roy Hodgson set to sign a new contract with Crystal Palace to stay with the club for another season.

Hodgson, 75, has been taking time off since last season but has agreed to stay on.

Former England manager Hodgson made his return to Selhurst Park in March when he took over from the Patrick Vieira. Vieira was sacked after a 1-0 defeat to Brighton stretched the Eagles’ winless run to eleven league games and left them just three points above the relegation zone.

Hodgson took eighteen points from ten games as Palace finished eleventh, one place above Chelsea.

Hodgson had previously spent four years in charge of the club from 2017 to 2021, when he was asked about retirement.

“I really am stepping away from football for a while, but who knows what the future will be?” Hodgson said at the time. “It is a never-say-never moment.

“I’ve seen so many people retire with all the fanfare blazing, only to surface again somewhere in a fairly short period of time. I’d prefer not to do that.”

Hodgson returned to management when he took over Watford in January 2022 but he couldn’t save them from relegation to the Championship and left that summer.

His management career started 47 years ago in Sweden with Halmstad before his first job in England was with Bristol City in 1982.

Hodgson has management 21 different teams, including England from 2012 to 2016.

Palace finished the campaign with a 1-1 draw at home against Nottingham Forest when Hodgson was again asked about his future.

“I’m not prepared to make any comment like that,” he said. “Before I start talking about whether I want to stay anywhere or take on any jobs, someone better offer me one.

“My situation is very simple.  I took on a job, I was pleased to take on the job.

“The mandate was a simple one, to come in and help the team to get the number of points we need to stay in the league. That’s what I’ve done and what I’ve enjoyed doing.”

Meanwhile, Palace want to extend goalkeeper Vicente Guaita’s contract. Guaita was signed by Hodgson in 2018 and has one year left on his current deal.

Guaita made 27 appearances last season but towards the end of the campaign he lost his place to Sam Johnstone.


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