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Hodgson set to break Robson record

Roy Hodgson will break Sir Bobby Robson’s record as the oldest man to take charge of a Premier League team when his Crystal Palace faces Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

That is according to The BBC who report that the former England manager will be 71 years and 198 days old when his side runs out at The Kingpower Stadium, a new Premier League record.

Curiously, although Hodgson began his managerial career back in 1976, he was largely unknown in his native country, apart from a brief spell with Bristol City, until he took over at Bristol City in 1997. That is because he practiced his profession abroad, with a succession of jobs in Sweden, Switzerland and Italy, most notably Inter Milan.

When he was sacked from Blackburn, he went on his travels again, managing in Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, the UAE, Norway and Finland, before taking over at Fulham whom he steered to a UEFA Cup final.

Saturday’s game against Leicester will be the 70th time that he has been in charge of Crystal Palace.