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Liverpool Echo
Stephen Killen

Former Liverpool boss set for sensational Premier League return in Crystal Palace u-turn

Former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is set to replace Patrick Vieira as Crystal Palace manager, according to reports.

The 75-year-old is on the verge of making his comeback at Selhurst Park just two years after leaving the post. During his previous tenure with the Eagles, he had announced his retirement from management with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp paying tribute to his opposite number.

His time out of the dugout was short-lived as he made a hasty return to management as he replaced Claudio Ranieri as Watford's manager. He spent four months at Vicarage Road with the Hornets suffering relegation as Hodgson left his position at the end of the season claiming he 'doesn't think' he will be going for roles in the top-flight again.

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"Now that job has unfortunately ended. I've enjoyed my time doing the job," he said speaking to Sky Sports News.

"I don't think I shall be putting my name forward anymore for further sorties in the world of Premier League football. It's a very demanding world and I think I've earnt the right to step back and enjoy some free time and spend some time with my wife and son."

However, following the sacking of the legendary French midfielder last Friday, Palace appear to have moved to appoint the manager whom Vieira had initially replaced.

According to Matt Lawton of The Times, he is set to return to east London where he managed 162 matches with a 33.3 per cent win percentage.

He will take charge of Palace in 12th with 27 points, just three points clear of the drop zone with his opening seven games against teams in and around them in the relegation scrap. Among those is the visit of Everton.


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