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Hodgson set to join the 300 club

8 Nov 2019
Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace manager is in line to take charge of landmark Premier League match at Chelsea this weekend

When Crystal Palace face Chelsea in Saturday's lunchtime match at Stamford Bridge, it will be Roy Hodgson's 300th match as a Premier League manager.

Hodgson becomes only the 15th manager in Premier League history to reach this landmark.

"It's surprising how quickly you pick those games up," he told Crystal Palace's official website. "It's a very nice milestone - I'm proud of that of course but I'm looking to push that number forward in the future."

As well as Palace, the 72-year-old's tally of 299 matches has been with Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

Most Premier League fixtures managed
 Manager  Matches  Manager  Matches
 Arsene Wenger 828  Rafael Benitez  340
 Alex Ferguson 810  Alan Curbishley  328
 Harry Redknapp 641  Tony Pulis  322
 David Moyes 526  Alan Pardew  320
 Sam Allardyce 512  Jose Mourinho  305
 Mark Hughes 466  Joe Kinnear  302
 Steve Bruce 403  Roy Hodgson  299
 Martin O'Neill 359    

Asked to pick a highlight of the 299 matches, Hodgson cast his mind to his time at Craven Cottage.

Inheriting a side 19th and six points adrift of safety, Hodgson steered Fulham to victories in their last three matches of 2007/08, starting with a 3-2 win from 2-0 down at Manchester City and culminating in a final-day victory at Portsmouth to secure their Premier League status.

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"We'd [Fulham] been 'relegated' for God knows how many weeks and got ourselves up to a position in the final game where if we won the game we would actually survive," he said.

"I suppose that would probably be the highlight if I have to go back at any time, but there have been so many highlights."

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