Crystal Palace have confirmed that manager Roy Hodgson has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2020/21 season.
Veteran Hodgson has been in charge of the Eagles since 2017 and has played a pivotal role in preserving their top-flight status. His deal had been due to expire in the summer, but after wins over Newcastle and Brighton ended an eight-match barren run and put them 12th in the table, he has extended his stay by a further year.
✍ Roy Hodgson has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2021!#CPFC— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 6, 2020
“I am delighted that the club and I have reached agreement to extend my contract," Hodgson said as per the Palace website. "I am proud of what we have achieved since I was appointed two and a half years ago, and I look forward to us working together for the foreseeable future.
“Everyone knows how I feel about the club that I supported as a boy, I feel a special bond with the supporters and know that myself, the owners and the players are all working together to achieve the same goal.”
Chairman Steve Parish said: “I’m delighted that Roy has agreed to extend his contract with the club, and has reinforced his commitment to help us extend this period of unprecedented stability in the top flight.
“As I’ve said on many occasions, it is extra special that Roy has a long connection with the club and local community. He has established excellent relationships with everyone at the club, and crucially, the players trust and respect him.”
🗣 Roy Hodgson's pre-Watford press conference will take place at 13:15 (GMT) today!— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) March 6, 2020
You can watch it for free on Palace TV.#CPFC
Palace host Watford this weekend as they look to take another step towards securing their Premier League safety, though with a nine-point gap separating them and the drop zone, they are looking up rather than down.
They are just a point off the top half as things stand, and closer to the European spots than the drop zone, which speaks to the remarkable job Hodgson has done in his three years with his boyhood club.
Source : 90min