ROY HODGSON signs deal to take charge of Crystal Palace next season.
The veteran is eager to extend his second tenure as Eagles boss beyond his current successful ten-game interim stint.
And chairman Steve Parish appears to be seriously considering giving him a one-year deal.
The former England manager, who turns 76 in August, is already the oldest manager in the history of top-flight English football.
But he has made it clear that he does not consider himself “retired” and would like to continue beyond the election campaign.
Hodgson left Palace by mutual consent in 2021 but returned to Watford for a brief, unsuccessful stint last season before replacing Patrick Vieira at Selhurst Park in March.
With five wins in eight games so far, Hodgson Palace has confidently led to safety in the Premier League.
And while Parish had recruited potential permanent bosses from the continent, he’s now undecided about staying with Hodgson.
Aside from a significant improvement in results under Hodgson, Parish is said to be impressed with the way forward Eberechi Eze has improved under the veteran.
And Hodgson also has an excellent working relationship with Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha, whose contract expires this summer and who has yet to agree new terms.
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Zaha is expected to miss the last two games of the season – the Eagles are waiting to hear if the icon has played his last game for the club.
Parish felt Palace was stagnant under Hodgson towards the end of his first four-year tenure, but after Vieira’s 18-month reign faltered, he returned to the experienced boss and found him excelling.
And now the Eagles are 12th in the table, 12 points off the backlog.