Crystal Palace are seeking a contract extension with manager Roy Hodgson.
British media ‘Daily 안전놀이터Mail’ reported on the 16th (Korean time), “Director Hodgson is close to signing a new contract to stay at Palace.”
Palace made a change of manager in March. It was caused by serious sluggishness in Patrick Vieira’s managerial system. When he failed to win in 12 matches and was on the verge of falling into the relegation zone, he asked coach Noh Hodgson for help.
Director Hodgson, born in 1947, is a veteran coach who has been coaching for over 40 years. He joined Palace in 2017 and led the team for about 4 seasons, leaving the team at the end of the contract for the 2020-2021 season. As he was already 74 years old at the time of his departure from Palace, it appeared that his managerial career would end intact. The Palace team applauded coach Hodgson in their last home game at the time.
Hodgson, however, returned as manager after a short break. In January of last year, he took over at Watford as manager Claudio Ranieri’s successor. He seemed to be retiring once again after failing to prevent Watford’s relegation, but returned to the English Premier League scene again with an offer from Palace.
Palace’s appointment of Hodgson was a huge success. Coach Hodgson broke a long slump with a 2-1 win against Leicester City in the 29th round, his first match as manager. And for about a month and a half, he won 5 wins in 8 games, including the Leicester match, confirmed his early retention and raised the team to the mid-table. At the end of round 36, Palace are in 12th place.
As the team performed better than expected under Hodgson’s system, Palace is preparing for a contract extension. Initially, Hodgson’s contract period was until June 2023, until this season, but the Palace side is preparing for a one-year extension. According to local reports, manager Hodgson is also known to have an intention to remain at the club.
On the other hand, Palace will play the 37th round Fulham away game on the 20th, and end this season with a home game against Nottingham Forest on the 29th.