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Age no barrier as Hodgson makes PL history

23 Feb 2019
Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager eclipsed Sir Bobby Robson's record as Premier League's oldest manager with 4-1 win at Leicester

Roy Hodgson became the oldest manager in Premier League history when his Crystal Palace team won 4-1 at Leicester City on Saturday.

Aged 71 years and 198 days old on the day, Hodgson surpassed another former England manager in Sir Bobby Robson, who was 71 years and 192 days old when his Newcastle United team took on Aston Villa in August 2004.

Sir Alex Ferguson was the third-oldest manager in PL history when he finished the 13th PL title-winning campaign of his Manchester United career with a 5-5 draw at West Bromwich Albion in May 2012.

Two current PL managers, Cardiff City’s Neil Warnock and West Ham United’s Manuel Pellegrini, join Hodgson in the top 10.

Oldest PL managers
ManagerClubAgeDate
Roy HodgsonCRY71y 198d23/02/2019
Bobby RobsonNEW71y 192d28/08/2004
Alex FergusonMUN71y 139d19/05/2013
Neil WarnockCAR70y 84d22/02/2019
Guus Hiddink CHE69y 189d 15/05/2016

Unusually Hodgson’s mark on Saturday means Palace have Premier League records at both ends of the managerial age spectrum.

Attilio Lombardo was aged 32 years and 67 days when he was player-manager of the Eagles for their 3-1 defeat by Villa on 14 March 1998, making the Italian the youngest manager in the competition's history.

Youngest PL managers
ManagerClubAgeDate
Attilio LombardoCRY32y 67d14/03/1998
Chris ColemanFUL32y 313d19/04/2003
Gianluca VialliCHE33y 227d21/02/1998
Andre Villas-BoasCHE33y 301d14/08/2011
Ruud GullitCHE33y 351d18/08/1996

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