Roy Hodgson has signed a new two-year contract extension with Crystal Palace, that will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2019/20 season. The 71-year-old joined the Eagles in September of last year, following the sacking of Frank de Boer, who left the club bottom of the table. Crystal Palace ended the 2017/18 season in 11th place in the Premier League, 11 points above the relegation zone.
There were a number of candidates for manager of the season at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. Pep Guardiola broke numerous records with Manchester City. Sean Dyche led Burnley to an impressive seventh-placed finish, and Rafa Benitez fired Newcastle into the top half of the table in just their first season back in the top-flight.
One of the names that was perhaps overlooked was Roy Hodgson. When Hodgson arrived at Crystal Palace, the Eagles had lost four consecutive Premier League matches without scoring a single goal. The new season had barely began, and pundits were already discussing the prospect of Palace being relegated as if it were an inevitability. Hodgson’s first three matches ended in defeat, including two heavy losses against the Manchester clubs; however, following an unlikely 2-1 victory over Chelsea, the Eagles found their luck beginning to change.
An eight match unbeaten streak soon followed which put Palace in a strong position heading into the later stages of the season. They then survived a tricky run of fixtures in late February, before picking themselves up and ending the season on a high with a six game unbeaten run.
Hodgson has now been rewarded for his efforts with a new two-year contract extension. “I am delighted to have extended my contract with Crystal Palace. It is a club that has been close to my heart since I was a youngster growing up in the borough of Croydon.” said Hodgson. “Having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later.
“We can be proud of our achievements last season in turning things around despite a poor start, but this year we want to ensure we don’t endure the same struggles.”