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Manager - Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson’s career has come full circle, with the Croydon native starting it as a member of the Palace youth side before being released in 1965 having not reached the first-team.

A modest non-league playing career followed which he combined with being a PE teacher, and his big break in the coaching world came in 1976 when his former manager at Maidstone United, Bob Houghton, recommended him to Swedish side Halmstad. Hodgson would prove to be a success, transforming the club’s fortunes by winning two championships in five years.

He would have short stints in England and Sweden before tasting further glory in the form of five more Swedish titles and two Swedish Cups with Malmo during the late 1980s. A stint as manager of Swiss side Neuchâtel Xamax followed before he was handed the country’s national team job in 1992, guiding them to the 1994 World Cup and Euro 96.

After two years with Inter Milan he had first crack at the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers in 1997 before spells at Grasshopper Zurich, FC Copenhagen, – where he won a Danish league title – Udinese, Viking and the national teams of the UAE and Finland came during the next decade.

He returned to English football at Fulham in December 2008, and he would steer them to their highest-ever finish of seventh place, earning a spot in the Europa League. Hodgson amazingly took the Cottagers all the way to the final, where they were defeated by Atletico Madrid in extra-time.

He gained further experience in the Premier League at Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion before being named England manager ahead of Euro 2012. They reached the quarter-finals of that competition before securing places at both the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and would win 33 of his 56 games in charge of his country.

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Assistant Manager - Ray Lewington

Ray LewingtonThe Lambeth-born man enjoyed a solid 15-year playing career which is most famous for his two spells at Fulham where he would play over 250 times, as well as featuring for Chelsea, Vancouver Whitecaps, Wimbledon and Sheffield United.

After moving into the managerial side of the game with Fulham in 1990, he first arrived at Palace as assistant manager to Alan Smith during the 1994/95 campaign. He suffered relegation that season before his first stint as caretaker before helping Steve Coppell win promotion back to the Premier League two years later. After three more games at the helm in 1997/98 he would follow former Palace chairman to Ron Noades to Brentford in 2000, and also managed Watford for three years.

In 2005 he returned to Fulham under another ex-Eagle in Chris Coleman as reserve team manager, and it was there that he would work with Roy Hodgson for the first time, who promoted him to be his assistant. The pair enjoyed great success together at Craven Cottage, helping Fulham to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League as well as a Europa League final in 2010.

Two years later when Hodgson was handed the England manager’s job, Lewington was the natural choice to be his right-hand man, a role he undertook in three major tournaments before once again being reunited with Hodgson in the duo’s old stomping ground in south London.

First-Team Coach - Steven Reid

Steven ReidThe former Republic of Ireland international was brought to Selhurst Park by Roy Hodgson after his appointment as Palace manager in September 2017.

Reid had previously worked on the Reading coaching staff for two years after joining them from Burnley, when he decided to end his playing days following one season in the north-west. 

On the international scene he gained 23 caps for Ireland and was part of their squad at the 2002 World Cup. 

Steven began his playing career at Millwall, playing 166 times for the Lions before a move to Premier League Blackburn Rovers in 2003. Reid made 100 appearances during his time at Ewood Park. 

He then moved to the West Midlands, enjoying four successful seasons at West Bromwich Albion where he played Hodgson during the Palace boss' time in charge at The Hawthorns. 

Goalkeeping Coach - Dean Kiely

Dean KielyA former Republic of Ireland international shot-stopper, Kiely previously worked as Roy Hodgson’s goalkeeping coach during the Palace manager’s tenure at West Bromwich Albion in 2011/12, having hung up his gloves the previous year.

He won 11 international caps during his 21-year playing career and was a member of the Republic squad that went to the 2002 World Cup alongside fellow Eagles backroom staff member Steven Reid. His club career consisted of 664 appearances for six different clubs, including representing York City and Bury with distinction before making over 250 appearances for Charlton Athletic between 1999 and 2006.

Since leaving The Hawthorns in January 2015, he has held similar posts with Norwich City and Preston North End, but has now returned to south London to continue his coaching career in the Premier League. 


Other First-Team Staff

Sporting Director: Dougie Freedman
Club Doctor: Zaf Iqbal
Head Physio: Ed Richmond
First-Team Physiotherapists: Ricky O’Donaghue & Sam Townsley
Assistant Physiotherapist: John Stannard 
Head of Sports Science & Strength & Conditioning: Scott Guyett 
Sports Scientist/Assistant Performance Analyst: Michael Eglon
Rehabilitation Coach: Chris Petrie 
Masseurs: Ian Evans & Mark Vine
Head of Recruitment & Performance Analysis: Ben Stevens
First-Team Performance Analysts: Robert Weaver & Charlie Radmore
Player Liason Officer: Danny Young