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Roy Hodgson deserves the Manager of the Year accolade ahead of bigger names

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Roy Hodgson deserves the Manager of the Year accolade ahead of bigger names

The 70-year-old has overseen a remarkable turn around at Selhurst Park.

When the Premier League announced its nominees for Manager of the Year last week, the list featured high-profile bosses such as Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Nonetheless, the award deserves to go to Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who has engineered one of the greatest seasonal turnarounds in Premier League history at Selhurst Park.

When the former England manager took over from the sacked Frank de Boer in mid-September, the Eagles had lost each of their five Premier League matches without notching a single goal.

It took an additional month until Palace recorded their first league win and scored their first league goal.

Hodgson steered the Eagles to a simply superb 2-1 home victory over Chelsea in October, a result that would set the tone for his inspired management.

The 70-year-old has instilled a remarkable never-say-die attitude in the team that was previously bereft of confidence, making a matchup against Palace a feared fixture yet again.

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The Eagles have given each of the Premier League big boys an almighty scare this season, beating the Blues, drawing champions Manchester City, and narrowly losing to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester United by just the lone goal.

And, when Crystal Palace secured safety with an away win over Stoke City last week, it marked one of the most tremendous achievements of the Premier League season.

Roy Hodgson has truly worked his magic at Selhurst Park, emulating his role in Fulham’s ‘Great Escape’ of 2008 a decade later on.

Perhaps most impressive of all, Hodgson has kept Palace up without shaping the squad in his image.

The Eagles only spent around £11 million in the January transfer window, with their manager largely making do with the team he inherited from de Boer.

In all, Roy Hodgson clearly deserves to be recognised for the magnificent turnaround he kickstarted at Selhurst Park.

The Premier League Manager of the Year award would be the perfect accolade for his work.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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