Former Palace manager’s career rewarded with prestigious award – “He made football better”
Crystal Palace all-time greats Gareth Southgate and Roy Hodgson were among the winners of the 2021 British Sports Awards on Thursday.
England coach Southgate received the inaugural Sky / Kick It Out award, praised for using his voice and position to promote equality and inclusion in football and in society in general.
Hodgson, one of Southgate’s predecessors as England boss who retired as palace manager at the end of last season, received the SJA President’s Award recognizing his football career.
The presentations were part of the Sports Journalists’ Association UK Sports Awards 2021, sponsored by the National Lottery.
Held annually since 1949, the awards are the oldest of their kind, organized by the AJS, the world’s largest national member organization of specialist sports writers and editors, photographers and broadcasters.
Orpington teenage sensation Emma Raducanu, winner of the US Open tennis tournament, was voted Sportsman of the Year by members of the AJS, with Adam Peaty being named Sportsman of the Year after retaining his Olympic title in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games.
At a ceremony in central London attended by more than 300 sports, media and political figures, AJS President Patrick Collins invited Hodgson, 72, to take the stage in declaring: “As the English football season drew to a close. in May, Roy Hodgson got out of a canoe for the last time. And a remarkable managerial career came to an end.
“In 46 years he has led a total of 17 teams in eight different countries. These included clubs such as Inter Milan, Liverpool and his beloved Crystal Palace.
“They also included the national teams from Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland and, of course, England.
“It had some memorable highlights and desperate disappointment in 2012, when England lost a Euro quarter-final. In Italy. On penalties, of course.
“In total, he managed 1,213 games for club and country. He has coached and encouraged countless thousands of young players. And he did it all with great skill, intelligence and decency.
Handing the trophy to Hodgson, Collins quoted Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager, who said of Hodgson: “He taught a lot of coaches how to behave. He made football better.
The Sky / Kick It Out award citation read of Southgate: “In clear, well-reasoned explanations repeated in public and in countless press conferences last summer, this leader has supported his players’ continued desire to do so. proof of unity by putting on one knee. …
“In a powerful letter to the nation, this winner demonstrated genuine thought leadership and a fierce ambition to harness the power and popularity of the England football team to effect meaningful change and help educate others.
“Inclusive leadership is winning leadership. “
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