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Roy Hodgson

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    Derby County (h),
    09 August 1997, Won 1 - 0

Manager Bio

Roy Hodgson was appointed manager of Watford in January 2022, his sixth Premier League club.

Hodgson replaced Claudio Ranieri at Vicarage Road, having previously managed Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace in the competition.

As a player, Hodgson started out on the books at Palace, and spent the rest of his playing days in non-league football before beginning his managerial career in 1976.

Five years later, the former defender finished his spell in charge of Swedish side Halmstads BK, having won the league championship in 1976 and 1979.

Bristol City appointed Hodgson as assistant manager in 1980, and he then moved into the top job for four months from January 1982.

Hodgson returned to Sweden later in the year, taking charge of two second-tier teams and then top-flight side Malmo FF, where he won five consecutive Allsvenskan titles and two Swedish Cup trophies.

A move to Switzerland was next in July 1990 and Hodgson guided Neuchatel Xamax to European football twice before taking up the Swiss national team job at the start of 1992.

He led Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup, their first international tournament since 1966, and Euro 1996. However, the Englishman left the Swiss national team at the end of qualification to concentrate on his managerial position at Inter Milan, which started in October 1995.

Hodgson left the Serie A club after the 1997 UEFA Cup final defeat to Schalke 04 to take charge of Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn finished sixth in 1997/98 and Hodgson was twice named the Premier League Manager of the Month, but the two went their separate ways the following season.

A brief return to Inter Milan followed in technical director and caretaker manager roles before Hodgson coached Grasshoppers in the Swiss Super League. One season at Copenhagen rewarded him with the Danish Superliga and Danish Supercup titles, and a short spell with Italian side Udinese followed in 2001.

Between April 2002 and January 2004, Hodgson was the United Arab Emirates manager and he moved to Finland for their national job after a short spell with Viking in Norway. After seeing out his contract with Finland in November 2007, Hodgson was appointed manager of Fulham a month later.

The Cottagers were destined for relegation from the Premier League before a run of 12 points from the final five matches kept Fulham up. The 2008/09 season was a contrast to the previous season as Fulham finished seventh, their highest Premier League position.

In the next campaign, Fulham reached the Europa League final after knocking out holders Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and German champions Wolfsburg. Two days prior to losing in the final to Atletico Madrid, Hodgson was voted the 2010 LMA Manager of the Year.

Liverpool appointed Hodgson as their manager in the summer of 2010, however he left the club in January 2011.

Hodgson was announced as the head coach of West Bromwich Albion a month later and he successfully guided the club away from the threat of Premier League relegation, repeating the feat in 2011/12.

Before the end of that campaign Hodgson was chosen as the next England manager and he quickly had to focus on leading the national side at Euro 2012. A penalty shoot-out defeat in the quarter-finals to Italy followed, but Hodgson then led England to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

England did not make it out of the group stage in Brazil, yet they became the fifth national side to qualify with a 100 per cent record for the UEFA European Championship two years later. Hodgson's contract finished after the round of 16 defeat to Iceland.

On 12 September 2017, Crystal Palace announced Hodgson as Frank de Boer's replacement, his fifth Premier League club.

During his four seasons at Selhurst Park Hodgson guided Palace to an 11th, 12th and two 14th-place finishes respectively.

The 74-year-old stepped down as manager at the end of the 2020/21 season, but returned to the top-flight with the struggling Hornets less than eight months later.

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  • Crystal Palace v Leicester City
  • Crystal Palace v Leicester City
  • Southampton v Crystal Palace
  • West Ham v Crystal Palace
  • West Brom v Crystal Palace
  • Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace
  • Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace
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