BREAKING: Hodgson extends Palace contract
Roy Hodgson has extended his contract at Crystal Palace to at least 2020.
He took over the South London club from the bottom of the table with no point and steered them to position 11th at the end of the 2017/18 season. This sounds like a reward for the English coach from the club. Hodgson responded that he has been delighted by the development that will see him guide Palace this current season again.
“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, and having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later." the coach said.
Speaking on the club's achievement last season, the former Switzerland and UAE coach said they will make sure they do not suffer early setbacks like last season. He has also been thrilled by the owners' belief in him.
“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. I am thrilled that I have the support of the owners, who believe that I am the right man to help this club move forward and I will do everything I can to make that happen.” the 71-year old manager said.
At club levels, the tactician has managed 16 different sides including Italian side Inter Milan and Liverpool at home. Palace chairman Steve Parish believes the news will be welcomed by everyone who cares about the club. Parish hopes the team will build from where they left last season.
“I’m thrilled that Roy has agreed to extend his contract and I know the news will be a big lift to everyone connected with the club," chairman Steve Parish said. "We are looking to build on the hard work and results achieved last season and I believe this is the most important part of making that happen," Parish stated.
He will guide the club to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the season's opener.