Premier League: Roy Hodgson could replace Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson could make a sensational return to Crystal Palace after Patrick Vieira was sacked following poor performances
Crystal Palace could appoint Roy Hodgson as new manager
Crystal Palace could appoint Roy Hodgson as new manager

(Football news) Premier League side Crystal Palace could reappoint manager Roy Hodgson after sacking Patrick Vieira following disappointing performances. The 75 year old left Crystal Palace in 2021 after a four year tenure and is now in pole position to take over the role once again after Vieira was sacked 18 months into the job. The Premier League side have interviewed a number of candidates including former Borussia Monchengladbach manager Adi Hutter. Hodgson, who is 75 appeared to be set for retirement after failing to save Watford from relegation last season but is now set to make a return into England’s top flight.

Crystal Palace has already confirmed that U21s head coach Paddy McCarthy will be in-charge of the team against Arsenal on Sunday and will be assisted by Darren Powell and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely. The club’s chairman Steve Parish in a recent interview said that he will not rush appointing Patrick Vieira’s successor despite being just three points clear of the relegation zone with 11 games to go. Palace had held onto 12th place for nine weeks but their recent run of form means they haven’t secured a win in 12 games and have scored just 5 goals.

In an interview, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish said “Football is a strange game as things can very quickly start not going right. When you feel you can’t get out of a rut, unfortunately then you’ve got to change something. Maybe things might have changed [for the better] anyway, but I couldn’t be sure of it so I’ve made the call I have and we move forward from here. Everybody loved Patrick, he never lost the players at all. They were still running for him but things weren’t happening. We’re just hoping now that there is some fresh impetus, a few different ideas. 

“Maybe we can surprise the opposition by doing something different as we’ve got good players and have got a good squad. They followed Patrick and now they will follow Paddy [McCarthy] and Darren [Powell] to do the best for the football club. The mood is never bad and everyone is positive and believes we can win matches. Everyone is still positive for the game against Arsenal on Sunday. We’re not looking past Sunday. We’re not interviewing managers while we have the current set-up as that would be disrespectful. We want to give Paddy and Darren a clear run at it on Sunday. We’ve got our own list and that kind of thing but our focus is on facing Arsenal.” 

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