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Hodgson confirmed as Crystal Palace manager

Former England boss Roy Hodgson has been confirmed as Frank de Boer's replacement as manager of Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson has been confirmed as manager of Crystal Palace after the sacking of Frank De Boer on Monday, signing a two-year deal with the Eagles.

A quick turnaround was required after De Boer oversaw a quartet of successive Premier League defeats to begin the campaign, with Palace failing to find the net in any of those fixtures.

Hodgson, who grew up in Croydon where Palace is based in south London, will start work and training on Wednesday (AEST). The 70-year-old has been in management for more than four decades, with 15 clubs in eight countries and four national teams. But a spell at Selhurst Park represents something of a homecoming.

"This is very much the club of my boyhood and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories. In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team and a lot has happened in between times," he told the club's website.

"It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential. We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.

"I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.”

Though he was delighted to return to management for the first time since leaving his England role just over a year ago, Hodgson expressed sympathy for his predecessor, whose sole victory came in the EFL Cup against Championship side Ipswich Town.

"I've always got sympathy for managers who lose their jobs but it's a fact of life," he told Sky Sports UK. 

"It's not my business, it's the business of the club. I'm pleased that they've turned to me and allowed me to take the job on."

Hodgson was coy about how he would approach the task of turning Palace's fortunes around, but hinted there wouldn't be wholesale changes.

"I don't believe necessarily there is a lot that needs to be done," he said. "You can always get off to a bad start. No-one is shielded from that.

"But our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four games, and we've got to work very hard in each game now to try and get back on track."

Hodgson has also brought Ray Lewington back to Crystal Palace as his assistant. Lewington previously spent a long spell at the club in the 1990s and was its co-caretaker manager in 1998 after another period of turmoil, taking the role jointly with then chairman Ron Noades, who had sacked just sacked Attilio Lombardo.


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