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Crystal Palace announce new manager after Patrick Vieira’s dismissal

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The Eagles have turned to a familiar face in a bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Crystal Palace have reappointed Roy Hodgson as manager on a temporary contract.

The 75-year-old Englishman replaces the dismissed Patrick Vieira, who succeeded him in July 2021, at Selhurst Park until the end of the 2022/23 campaign.

This will be Hodgson’s second spell as Palace’s manager, having previously coached his boyhood club between 2017 and 2021.

“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,” Hodgson told the club’s website.

“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 a week Saturday.”

Ray Lewington joins Hodgson back at Palace as the first-team coach. Paddy McCarthy, who oversaw Sunday’s 4-1 defeat at Arsenal, is now the assistant manager. Together, the three men hope to turn things around.

The Eagles are winless in 2023 after 13 games (D5 L8) across all competitions and on a four-match losing streak. They sit 12th in the Premier League table, three points above the relegation zone.

Hodgson, who coached Watford last season, will make his second debut as Eagles manager on April 1. They’ll play at home to Leicester City in the Premier League.