Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is praised by the club’s fans
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
The ex-England boss has had a distinguished career in football and managed to save the Eagles after a disastrous start to this campaign under Frank de Boer, leading them 11th in the Premier League table.
He will be given the honour, which recognises his contribution to Croydon and to football, both home and abroad.
Council leader Tony Newman said: “I’m delighted to be recommending Roy for Freedom of the Borough as he represents all that is great about Croydon. Born and raised here, he’s had a remarkable international career in football, and to cap it all he’s now the manager and saviour of Crystal Palace.
“He will go down in history for his remarkable feat in keeping the team in the Premier League this year, but I’m sure he plans to top this for Palace next season.”
And on being a recipient of the award, Hodgson said: “It is a great honour to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough and I would like to thank Councillor Newman and his colleagues for awarding it to me.
“I could never have dreamt that my journey in life would take me from walking to Selhurst Park with my father and sitting on the crossbar at the Holmesdale Road End, to managing the club I have always supported and to being recognised by Croydon Council for my career in football. It is very much an honour I would wish to dedicate to my parents”.