Roy Hodgson, 71, breaks Premier League record to become oldest ever manager

Roy Hodgson has become the oldest manager in Premier League history after surpassing Sir Bobby Robson on Sunday.

The Crystal Palace boss overtook Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this season but is now top of the tree.

Hodgson now holds the record on his own
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Robson’s record had stood at 71 years and 191 days since he was dismissed by Newcastle United in 2004.

Fellow former England boss Hodgson took over at Palace in September 2017, after spells at Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.

He will become the first manager to coach in the Premier League aged 72 if he remains at Selhurst Park until the start of next season.

In a 41-year career Hodgson has managed 21 different sides, which has includes two spells at Inter Milan and time with the Switzerland, Finland and United Arab Emirates national teams.

Robson had held the record for 15 years
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Speaking last week on the prospect of taking the record he told The Daily Mail: “I can’t compare my record with those guys [Robson and Ferguson] but, yes, I am proud I’ve been able to carry on and most importantly retain the love, passion and enthusiasm for the game.

“I haven’t survived and stayed in it because I felt it was something I had to do.

“I still get the same enjoyment and hopefully contribute in a meaningful way.”

Hodgson will mark the achievement by taking his Palace side to Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup fifth round.

Manchester United legend Ferguson is now third
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Warnock is second in the currently active list, and fourth overall

Cardiff’s Neil Warnock is the next currently active boss in the list.

In December, he became just the fourth coach to manage in the Premier League aged 70.

Guus Hiddink, formally of Chelsea, ex-Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Dick Advocaat are next in the list.

In terms of coaches still in work, Fulham’s Claudio Ranieri, 67, and West Ham United tactician Manuel Pellegrini, 65, follow.


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