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Hodgson says new Premier League record was a 'really special day'

27 February 2019

Roy Hodgson has described the day Crystal Palace beat Leicester City 4-1 as a "really special" one as he became the oldest person to have ever managed in a Premier League football match.

Following the achievement, players spoke after the game to praise their manager, who has now been in football coaching for an astonishing 43 years.

Captain Luka Milivojevic and Wilfried Zaha dedicated their goals to Hodgson, with the former saying: "We are very proud to have Roy Hodgson with us. I told him after the game that I dedicate my goal to him because I think he deserves that.

"We are so happy and so proud to have him with us, we can learn a lot from him. I think he's the most intelligent manager in my career and all credit to him. We're going to continue to fight for him because he deserves it."

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Exclusive Roy Hodgson interview features in official Palace programme

27 February 2019

And today, speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game with Manchester United tonight, Hodgson expressed his own satisfaction with the achievement and what it meant to have his players pay tribute to him in such a way.

"[I was] very flattered of course, very happy. I was surprised really about the response that passing the milestone actually attracted I suppose, or the interest it attracted. It was nice that the players dedicated the victory, it was a really special day.

"I didn’t quite realise I think beforehand what a special occasion passing this milestone was going to be. I’d been perhaps a bit more nonchalant than I should have been and the players dedicating the victory and remarking upon it was something that brought it home to me even more."

However, in a recent interview, he told the official Palace programme that he feels no signs of stopping anytime soon.

He said: "When the day comes when I do start thinking about age and I do start thinking, ‘am I getting too old for this job?’, then I’ll do what’s necessary. But I haven’t felt that at all and in fact I’d say if anything, the job gives me energy. It doesn’t take energy from me. I feel more energetic, livelier and younger working here than I would if I wasn’t doing so."

You can read the full, feature-length interview with Hodgson in a special edition programme commemorating his achievements and life in football by picking up your copy from around the outside of Selhurst Park before tonight's match for just £3.50.

Alternatively, you can enjoy a sneak-peak and buy a digital copy for just £1.49 below!


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