All change please!
A lot is changing at Crystal Palace this summer. Roy Hodgson stepped down from his position as manager after nearly four years in charge of the Eagles.
After nearly four years of managing his boyhood club, Roy Hodgson will be stepping down as our manager at the end of this season.
Thank you for everything, Roy ❤️
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 18, 2021
In his place, the east London club have turned to ex-Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira to take charge of the situation.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 4, 2021
In addition to a change of management, many of the playing staff have also changed, with the club releasing a whole host of first-team players
Crystal Palace are set to release TWENTY TWO players this summer, names include:
Patrick Van Aanholt
Rebuild needed. pic.twitter.com/7MQU1Z4eXY
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) June 5, 2021
To replace them, Palace have so far opted for a youthful tactic, bringing in Michael Olise (19 years old) from Reading and Marc Guehi (21 years old) from Chelsea.
Palace close to Joachim Andersen signing
Their summer recruitment drive seems set to continue with the signing of Lyon defender Joachim Andersen on a permanent deal.
Joachim Andersen is set to select Crystal Palace from many options as next club. The agreement is close to be completed on a permanent deal – talks progressing. #CPFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 25, 2021
Andersen, 25 years old, spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Fulham, and was thought to be interesting both Arsenal and Tottenham earlier in the summer. However, both north London clubs have left to pursue other targets, leaving Crystal Palace with a seemingly free run at the centre back.
According to Danish Outlet BT (via GFFN), the deal will set Palace back 22 million euros (18.8 million pounds), with an additional 5 million euros in potential bonuses
Lyon selling central defender Joachim Andersen for €22m + €5m to Crystal Palace, according to Danish outlet BT.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) July 25, 2021
It represents the continuation of the club’s changing of the guard, with an all-new centre-back pairing set to start on the opening day.
This article was edited by Tom Canton.