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Crystal Palace appoint Roy Hodgson as manager

Crystal Palace have appointed former England manager Roy Hodgson as their new manager following the sacking of Dutchman Frank de Boer.

Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the appointment via social media, posting a picture of Hodgson wearing a club training top, with the caption: ‘Warm welcome ‘back’ to #cpfc to Roy Hodgson.’

De Boer was relieved of his duties on Monday after just 77 days and four Premier League games in charge, in which his team failed to score and did not register a point during a nightmare start to the season. 

Steve Parish posted a picture of Roy Hodgson on social media welcoming him back to the club

Roy Hodgson has been named the new Crystal Palace manager on a two-year contract 

Roy Hodgson has been named the new Crystal Palace manager on a two-year contract 

Frank de Boer was sacked as Crystal Palace boss after just four league games in charge

Frank de Boer was sacked as Crystal Palace boss after just four league games in charge

Hodgson returns to football after leaving his position as England manager after Euro 2016 

Hodgson returns to football after leaving his position as England manager after Euro 2016 

The Palace board have turned to Hodgson as his replacement, with the 70-year-old signing a two-year contract at Selhurst Park. 

In a short video posted on the club’s official website, Hodgson spoke of what attracted him back into the game, 14 months after leaving his position as England manager. 

‘I think what motivates me really is the field. It’s working with players, it’s dealing with the day-to-day problems that emerge both on the field and off the field.

‘Being around football players and of course, unfortunately someone a long time ago injected the drug called ‘Football’ into my veins and I’ver never been able to shake it off. I’m still an addict.’ 

Hodgson has managed Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and Blackburn in the top flight

Hodgson has managed Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and Blackburn in the top flight

Hodgson will be back in the Premier League for the first time since leaving West Brom in 2012

Hodgson will be back in the Premier League for the first time since leaving West Brom in 2012

Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was another name being linked to the job

Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was another name being linked to the job

HODGSON’S MANAGERIAL CV 

1976–1980: Halmstad

1982: Bristol City

1982: Oddevold

1983–1984: Orebro

1985–1989: Malmo

1990–1992: Neuchatel Xamax

1992–1995: Switzerland

1995–1997: Inter Milan  

1997–1998: Blackburn Rovers

1999: Inter Milan (caretaker) 

1999–2000: Grasshoppers 

2000–2001: Copenhagen

2001: Udinese

2002–2004: United Arab Emirates

2004–2005: Viking

2006–2007: Finland

2007–2010: Fulham

2010–2011: Liverpool

2011–2012: West Bromwich Albion

2012–2016: England 

2017: Crystal Palace 

Sportsmail reported on Sunday night how the Eagles had stepped up their search for De Boer’s replacement, with former England manager Hodgson and Sam Allardyce the two leading candidates. They have moved quickly to secure the services of Hodgson.

He returns to the Premier League for the first time since leaving West Brom for the national team in 2012, having previously managed Liverpool, Fulham and Blackburn in the English top flight.

He has been out of work since England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, which ended with a humiliating exit to Iceland, but the Croydon native now takes charge of a club he played for at youth level in the 1960s. 

De Boer’s departure is also likely to see Sammy Lee leave the club, having originally arrived with Allardyce, with Ray Lewington joining as part of Hodgson’s backroom team having previously worked with him with Fulham and England.

Hodgson’s first game as Palace manager will be a Premier League clash against Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday, before a Carabao Cup third-round game with Huddersfield the following Tuesday.

Palace, who sit second bottom above West Ham, then face a daunting run of consecutive games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. 

He has previously spent much of his career abroad, managing in Italy, Finland and Sweden

He has previously spent much of his career abroad, managing in Italy, Finland and Sweden

 

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