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Crystal Palace News: Hodgson eyes better season after new deal

7 months ago

In the latest Crystal Palace news, manager Roy Hodgson says he is looking to enjoy a more positive season with the Eagles after he signed a new contract until 2020.

Former England boss Hodgson took charge of Palace last season after the ill-fated reign of Frank de Boer and the 71-year-old managed to guide the club to Premier League safety, finishing 11th in the table.

The Eagles managed to add four new faces to their squad this summer, with defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, attacking midfielder Max Meyer and forward Jordan Ayew arriving at Selhurst Park.

Hodgson has revealed his pride at signing a new contract and he is targeting a better campaign for Palace, who started off last season with seven consecutive league defeats.

“I am delighted to have extended my contract with Crystal Palace,” he said. “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.”

Palace kick off their campaign away at newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday and the visitors are 2/1 with bet365 to pick up all three points, a draw is priced at 12/5 whilst the hosts are 6/4 favourites.

Aleksandar Mitrovic is expected to lead the line for the Cottagers after making the permanent move from Newcastle United and he is 5/1 to score the first goal of the match.