As reported by Sky Sports News, Roy Hodgson is believed to have a ‘verbal agreement’ in place with Crystal Palace to continue on as manager next season.
The club’s hierarchy are said to have taken their time and conducted due dillgence in assesing various managerial options for next year, including the consideration of a long-term appointment. However, they have decided to keep the Englishman on at Selhurst Park, with his popularity amongst many of the players a key factor in their decision.
Having previously managed the side from 2017 until 2021, the 75-year-old took over from his once-succesor Patrick Vieira in March 2023, initially signing on a short-term contract until the end of the season. In his 10 games in charge of the club, The Eagles won five and lost twice, accumulating 18 points, which equates to 40% of their total tally, and was enough to ensure they safely secured Premier League survival with an 11th place finish in the table.
Furthermore, this news will provide some clarity to the London side in what has been an uncertain summer so far, with starman Wilfried Zaha still yet to make a decision over his future. The Ivorian international, who’s contract expires on June 30, has most recently been approached by Serie A runners-up Lazio, whilst Paris-Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, and multiple Saudi Arabian clubs also believed to be interested.
Having moved back to his boyhood club in February 2015, following a failed move to Manchester United, the 30-year old forward is now set to assess his options this summer, with a new contract worth around £200,000 per week still reportedly being offered to him by Palace.
Travis Levison | Get Football