Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has extended his contract at the club until the summer of 2020; a decision that has gone down well with several of the club’s supporters.
The former England manager took over the reigns at Selhurst Park at the beginning of last season, after a horrid start to the campaign saw the Eagles lying in last spot with no points on the board from seven games.
To make matters worse, Palace had failed to score a goal and some fans were not only fearing for relegation, but also worried they could be set to break Derby County’s record low points tally of just 11.
Fortunately for them, Hodgson came in and turned their fortunes around, eventually pulling them safely clear of relegation.
Now the 71-year-old has set his sights on consolidating the south London club in the Premier League’s top 10, prompting some supporters to take to Twitter to rejoice at his one-year contract extension.
Best signing of the Summer ❤️— Karen Sells-Brown (@sellsey) August 10, 2018
Great news for us palace fans— susannah sparkes (@SparkesSusannah) August 10, 2018
Best signing of the summer— Money (@Pailz77) August 10, 2018
Brilliant news, well done @CEO4TAG Dougie and team— Giles Paley-Phillips (@eliistender10) August 10, 2018
Fantastic news! Well done Roy!— Dave (@Delirious_Dave) August 10, 2018
A great signing, as important as Guaita and Meyer in my opinion #CPFC— Nathan Burr (@palaceboy11) August 10, 2018
Icing on the cake, well done lads.— Daren CPFC (@nomatterehat68) August 10, 2018
Palace have made some decent signings this summer, bringing in the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate, Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew on loan, but extending Hodgson’s stay could be their best deal of the lot.
The experienced coach knows how to get the best out of the players at his disposal, while his influence could be a big reason for star player Wilfried Zaha remaining at Selhurst Park amid speculation over his future.
Talking to the club’s official website, Hodgson said of his new contract: “I am delighted to have extended my contract with Crystal Palace. It is a club that has been close to my heart since I was a youngster growing up in the borough of Croydon, and having stood on the terraces in the 1950s, it is a wonderful thing to be managing my boyhood club all these years later."
Palace kick off their campaign away at one of Hodgson’s former clubs Fulham, and he will be hopeful he can put one over the Cottagers and bring further delight to his current side’s supporters.