Roy Hodgson has agreed to an incredible return as Crystal Palace head coach at the age of 75 until the end of the season.
The former England manager will come out of retirement for a second time to take over from Patrick Vieira – who succeeded him in 2021 and who was fired last Friday after a run of 12 matches without a win.
Hodgson said: “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. 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, beginning with the visit of Leicester City a week Saturday.”
The poor form left Palace chairman Steve Parish concerned over whether the club could avoid relegation with Under-21 coach and former captain Paddy McCarthy then overseeing a 4-1 defeat away to Arsenal.