Crystal Palace have appointed Roy Hodgson as the club’s new manager days after sacking Patrick Vieira.
An official statement on the club’s website confirming the appointment of the English football veteran as manager reads;
“Roy Hodgson has been appointed manager of Crystal Palace F.C. until the end of the season, with Paddy McCarthy taking the role as his assistant manager, and Ray Lewington returning as first-team coach. Dean Kiely will remain in his position as goalkeeping coach.”
The management of Crystal Palace sacked Patrick Vieira after a dismal Premier League campaign that plunge the team into the relegation battle in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace had struggled in the Premier League, failing to win a single game after Premier League action resumed after the World Cup break in 2023.
The club went winless in 12 straight matches and were forced to slump to the 12th position on the table, only three points above the relegation zone.
The last straw that severed the relationship between Patrick Vieira and the club’s management was the loss to Brighton. After the defeat to the Seagulls, the former France international was shown the exit door.
Paddy McCarthy was appointed interim manager. McCarthy took charge of the game against Arsenal and lost 4-1 to the Premier League title hopefuls in the club’s first game after the sack of Patrick Veira.
Now, the club have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as the new manager to succeed Patrick Vieira.
Roy Hodgson is an English football veteran and has had stints with Premier League clubs, and the England national team.
Roy Hodgson has managed top clubs in Europe, including national teams and have depth of experience on coaching in European football.
He has managed Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, Fulham, Watford, including Crystal Palace.
Other clubs managed by the football veteran include Inter Milan, Udinese , Malmo, and Bristol City.
His appointment as Crystal Palace manager will be the second time of taking up the job with the Eagles after a spell with the club from 2017 to 2021.
Born on 9 August 1947 in Croydon, England, Roy Hodgson is a former English professional footballer and now manager of Crystal Palace.
Coincidentally, he started his football career with Crystal Palace as a young footballer in 1963, a club he has been named to coach.
Despite starting his youth career with Crystal Palace, records have shown Roy Hodgson failed to make a single appearance for Crystal Palace’s main team as a player but spent a year with the club from 1965 to 1966.
He played for Tonbridge, Gravesend and Northfleet, Maidstone United, Ashford Town, Berea Park, and Carshalton Athletic.
Roy Hodgson managerial career.
The former England national team coach started his coaching career with Halmstad BK in 1976.
He has managed several national teams and top clubs in Europe in over five decades of his managerial career.
Roy Hodgson has coached Udinese and Inter Milan in Italy. He has managed English clubs such as Liverpool, Watford, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Bristol City, and Crystal Palace.
Hodgson also had spells with other top European clubs such as FC Copenhagen, and Malmo.
He has won several individual awards as a manager but has had little success in club trophies except during his spell in Swedish football when he won the Swedish Super Cup and League Cup with Neuchatel Xamax and Malmo.
Some national teams he has managed include United Arab Emirates, Finland, Switzerland, and England.
Roy Hodgson Personal Life
Hodgson married Sheila in 1971 in a private ceremony in England and have grown together after decades of marriage. They have two male children Christopher and Michael Hodgson.