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Hodgson AGREES to save Palace from relegation as he makes retirement U-turn



ROY HODGSON has agreed to come out of retirement in a bid to keep boyhood club Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Hodgson, 75, will return to Selhurst Park and replace Patrick Vieira, less than two years after the Arsenal legend was brought in to move the club forward from the former England boss’ four-year tenure.

The veteran manager, who insisted he would not return to management after a brief spell at Watford last season, has agreed a deal until the end of the season.

Palace axed Vieira, 46, with the club three points above the relegation zone after a run of 12 games without a win in all competitions.

Under-21s manager Paddy McCarthy took charge of the 4-1 defeat to Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday and is expected to be part of Hodgson’s staff, alongside long-term assistant Ray Lewington.


The former Liverpool and West Brom manager kept Palace in the top flight across his four years in charge on a shoestring budget and remains popular with many of the players.

Hodgson’s return is a huge departure from Crystal Palace’s long-term progression plan, which began following his departure.

Palace invested heavily in youth, pursuing a more attractive style of play which saw them finish 12th and reach the FA Cup semi-final under Vieira.

But a failure to replace Conor Gallagher, last season’s player of the year, over the summer and poor investment in the January window did not sit well with Vieira, whose relationship with the Palace hierarchy began to strain.

A run of no wins in 2023 made things far worse, with owner Steve Parish sacking the Frenchman in a 7am phone call on Friday morning, insisting it was the best option to ensure their survival.

Hodgson’s first game back at the club will be at home to Leicester City on April 1.



Source: The Sun

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