The man responsible for helping turn Crystal Palace's season around is to be awarded the Freedom of Croydon.

Roy Hodgson joined the Eagles in September last year and took the team from potentially being relegated to 11th place in the Premier League table.

Now the man who grew up just a 'ten minute walk' from Palace's home ground is to be recognised for his contribution to both Croydon and to football after being nominated for the award.

Hodgson was honoured by the announcement.

"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 cross-bar 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," he said.

"It is very much an honour I would wish to dedicate to my parents.”

Council leader Tony Newman was delighted to be able to nominate the former John Ruskin Grammar School student.

"He represents all that is great about Croydon," Mr Newman said.

"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’ll 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 that achievement for Palace next season.”

The recommendation will now go for ratification at the mayoralty and honorary freedom selection committee, and, when approved, the honour is expected to be awarded at a special ceremony in the autumn.