Roy Hodgson appointed as Crystal Palace permanent coach

Roy Hodgson appointed as Crystal Palace permanent coach

Crystal Palace have appointed Roy Hodgson as permanent coach for the 2023/24 Premier League season.

The 75-year-old will remain at Selhurst Park after guiding them to Premier League safety last season following the departure of Patrick Vieira.

Respect for Hodgson among many of Palace’s key players influenced the decision, Skysports reports.

“I am immensely pleased and proud to be extending my time at Crystal Palace, and I would like to thank the Chairman and Sporting Director for their continued faith in me,” the experienced manager stated after extending his tenure in south London.

“I know what a fantastic squad we have here. It’s a great blend of youth and potential, alongside experienced players with Premier League and international pedigree.

“I have spoken with the Chairman at length and we agreed that we must be ambitious in getting the most out of such talent. As such, we have set ourselves the target of a top-half finish, which we believe is eminently achievable with such a fabulous group of players and the most magnificent supporters who get behind the team, week in, week out.”

Hodgson was appointed on a short-term contract in March after Patrick Vieira was sacked due to poor run of form.

Palace, under the 74-year-old, picked up 18 points from his 10 games in charge as they comfortably stayed in the Premier League.

The London club will commence their 2023/24 season on the road where they will face newly promoted Sheffield United on August 12.

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