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Hodgson returns to Crystal Palace as manager

21 Mar 2023

Oldest manager in Premier League history is back for the remainder of the 2022/23 season

Roy Hodgson has returned to Crystal Palace as their manager until the end of the season. 

Hodgson replaces Patrick Vieira, who left the club last week after a run of 11 matches without a win and only four goals scored in that time.

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Pos Team Pl GD Pts
12 CHE 38 -9 44
13 WOL 38 -27 41
14 WHU 38 -13 40
15 BOU 38 -34 39
16 NFO 38 -30 38
17 EVE 38 -23 36
18 LEI 38 -17 34
19 LEE 38 -30 31
20 SOU 38 -37 25
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Paddy McCarthy, who oversaw Sunday's 4-1 loss at leaders Arsenal, has taken the role as Hodgson's assistant manager. Hodgson's long-term colleague Ray Lewington has also returned to the club in the role of first-team coach. 

“It is a privilege to be asked to return to the club, which has always meant so much to me, and to be given the important task of turning the team’s fortunes around," Hodgson told the club's official website.

"Our sole objective now is to start winning matches, and to get the points necessary to ensure our Premier League status. Crystal Palace is known for its fighting spirit, and I have no doubt that all our supporters will fight with us."

Hodgson previously managed Palace between 2017 and 2021. He kept them up in 2017/18 when he took over from Frank de Boer after they had lost their first four matches of the season without scoring.


In his first full season Palace equalled their best ever points tally in a Premier League campaign.

The 75-year-old, the oldest manager in Premier League history, has taken charge of six Premier League clubs during a long career that started as a player with Palace in the 1960s. 

Oldest managers in Premier League
Manager Club Age
Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace 75y 235d
Roy Hodgson Watford 74y 286d
Roy Hodgson Crystal Palace 73y 287d
Sir Bobby Robson Newcastle 71y 192d
Sir Alex Ferguson Man Utd 71y 139d
Neil Warnock Cardiff 70y 162d

The former Liverpool and England boss has 382 Premier League matches as a manager in experience.

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His first match back on the touchline will be a home match against Leicester City on Saturday 1 April. 

See: Can Hodgson keep Palace up?

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