Crystal Palace has announced that Roy Hodgson will continue as their manager for the upcoming season. Hodgson has set his sights on achieving a top-half finish in the Premier League.
The previous England manager, who will turn 76 in August, came back to Palace in March after Patrick Vieira was fired.
When Hodgson came, Palace’s performance improved and they were able to move away from the threat of relegation, ultimately finishing 11th in the Premier League.
“I am incredibly happy and proud to be staying at Crystal Palace for a longer period of time. I want to express my gratitude to the chairman and sporting director for their ongoing belief in me,” Hodgson said on the club’s website.
I am aware of how amazing our team is. The team has a perfect mix of young talent and seasoned players who have proven themselves in the Premier League and on the international stage.
I had a long conversation with the chairman, and we both agreed that it’s important to be ambitious and make the most of our talented individuals.
Therefore, our goal is to finish in the top half.
Crystal Palace has not managed to secure a position in the top 10 of the Premier League since the 2014/15 season.
Hodgson became the manager of his childhood club from 2017 to 2021. It seemed like he was ending his successful coaching career when he left Palace two years ago.
However, he made a brief return to the dugout at Watford in 2022 before ultimately deciding to come back to Selhurst Park.
According to Palace chairman Steve Parish, Roy’s record as a manager speaks for itself.
Earlier this year, he made a comeback alongside Ray Lewington and with the capable assistance of Paddy McCarthy. Their efforts resulted in a fantastic outcome, both in terms of positive results and the creation of some impressive and stylish performances.