Crystal Palace: Hodgson eye Palace rise

Croydon-born former England boss Hodgson’s return to the club, with whom he began his playing career in 1965, was confirmed on Tuesday evening.




The 70-year-old 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.


“The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.”


Hodgson had emerged as the clear front-runner for the Palace role even before the 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Sunday which sealed Frank de Boer’s fate, the Dutchman departing just 77 days into a three-year contract.


Palace represent Hodgson’s fifth Premier League appointment of his managerial career, after Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.


He will make his bow as Eagles boss in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Selhurst Park.


He added: “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.”


Former Palace caretaker boss Ray Lewington will again link up with Hodgson as assistant manager, while a new first-team coach will be announced shortly.


Speaking to Palace TV, Hodgson was adamant his new side can shrug off their dismal start to the season.


He said: “I don’t honestly believe that there is necessarily a lot that needs to be done. You can always get off to a bad start, (but) what we’ve got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four.


“We’ve got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them.”

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