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Roy Hodgson signs contract extension with Crystal Palace

Manager Roy Hodgson has signed a contract extension with Crystal Palace until 2020, the club have announced. Photo: PA

Manager Roy Hodgson has signed a contract extension with Crystal Palace until 2020, the club have announced.

The former England manager, who celebrated his 71st birthday on Thursday, took charge last season after the disastrous reign of Frank de Boer.

He steered the Eagles to Premier League safety and has been rewarded with a new deal by the south London club.

Hodgson said: "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.

"We can be proud of our achievements last season in turning things around despite a poor start, but this year we want to ensure we don't endure the same struggles.

"I am thrilled that I have the support of the owners, who believe that I am the right man to help this club move forward and I will do everything I can to make that happen."