Palace boss Hodgson outlines Premier League target and makes transfer admission

Roy Hodgson claims he is still ambitious at 72 to make Crystal Palace an established top-10 club.

The over-70s may be asked to continue staying at home by the Government when it starts to relax its lockdown, but Hodgson is in no mood to take a back seat.

The former England boss, who signed a one-year contract extension in March, wants to secure Palace a top-half finish when the season resumes and build on that in the next campaign.

“My dream these days is about doing the job to the level I want to do it at and this extension gives me the opportunity to do that,” said Hodgson, who has led Palace to 11th and 12th-place finishes in the last two seasons.

“I know we’re 11th, but I prefer to say we’re 10th because we’ve got the same number of points as the other team, so we have got something to play for.

“Maybe not a UEFA spot, but if we can get into the top 10 and cement our position, that would be a good season for us.

“We can’t really wait to get back and playing again and we’re just waiting for the Government to say when we can do that.”

Hodgson is delighted with Palace’s progress, especially because they have had a net spend of minus £40million over the last 12 months because of the £50million sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United.

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