Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will be awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Croydon in recognition of his contribution to the area and football, both home and abroad.
The former England boss and self-proclaimed Palace fan was brought into Selhurst Park following their dismal record-breaking run without a win at the start of the season.
The 70-year-old has since been able to steer the club to safety and finish 11th in the table, winning over the fans in the process for his work as manager.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Croydon
The 70-year-old is adored by the club’s fans after he helped steer Palace away from relegation
Croydon council leader Tony Newman announced the news on Wednesday, much to the delight of the ‘born-and-bred’ Hodgson.
Hodgson told the club’s official website: ‘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’.
The Eagles manager is being recognised for his contribution to Croydon and football
Wilfried Zaha celebrates scoring on the final day of the season as Palace finish 11th in the table
Hodgson took over from Frank de Boer following Palace’s dismal start to the season
Councillor Newman added: ‘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.’