Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has allegedly confirmed that discussions have begun with Roy Hodgson over extending his contract at Selhurst Park, according to reports.
The Sun report that Steve Parish has said that talks are underway – without any quotes – for the 72-year-old to stay beyond this season at the Eagles, with his current contract set to expire in the summer (Transfermarkt).
The oldest manager in the Premier League has done a superb job since being appointed by the club. He took over with the club rooted to the bottom of the league after Frank de Boer was sacked after four league games. Since then he has been able to consolidate in his first season (17/18) with Palace finishing 12th with 44 points before finishing 12th again the season following (18/19), this time with 49 points.
Despite Hodgson’s age, it’s not surprising to see him and Palace wanting to carry on, as it is a perfect scenario for both clubs.
What better place for Roy Hodgson to finish his career than the place he was born – Croydon. He has had an illustrious career, managing sides such as England, Liverpool and Inter Milan, and the way he is still able to stay relevant and not be forgotten by the modern times is a testament to his pragmatic nature and realism.
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This season, he has got his Palace team off to a great start. There were arguably doubts after the transfer window about how Palace could improve on the previous season, given they had lost their Player of the Season in Aaron Wan-Bissaka as well as their top-scoring striker Michy Batshuayi, without players coming into replace them.
However, after 10 games Palace are sixth in the league with 15 points. Joel Ward and Jordan Ayew – two peripheral figures in the squad last season – have stepped up to replace the aforementioned, and they have done it with ease, showing that both his tactical and man managerial skills are still at a very high level.
Hodgson has managed to silence his post-England critics with the thorough and professional job done at Crystal Palace, and if he still wants to keep going, Palace would be daft to step in the way.
With Hodgson at the helm, it is really hard to see them getting relegated – and that insurance is more than enough for Parish to think he is the perfect man for the job, at least at this stage.
Crystal Palace is now his second-longest domestic job in England. He has managed 94 games for Palace (Transfermarkt) and is only 35 games behind the total he reached while at Fulham. If this contract does go through and he stays another season at Palace, this could be his longest-ever domestic job within the country – and what a way that would be to finish his comprehensive and impressive career.
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