London - Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is to be awarded the Freedom of the London Borough of Croydon.
Croydon-born Hodgson took over from Frank De Boer in September
following the Dutchman's sacking by Palace just four matches into the
Premier League campaign.
The Eagles failed to pick up a point until the eighth game of the
campaign, but former England boss Hodgson led an impressive escape act
as Palace finished in 11th place.
Boyhood Palace fan Hodgson, who was a youth player with the south
London club, will receive the honour "in recognition of his contribution
to Croydon and to football".
"It is a great honour to be awarded the Freedom of the Borough," former Liverpool and Inter Milan manager Hodgson said.
"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."