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Hodgson Named as New Crystal Palace Manager

Published on September 13, 2017 by Josh Lakin

It was announced late last night, that Roy Hodgson, the former England manager, is now the new manager of Premier League club Crystal Palace, on a 2 year deal.

On Monday, Palace had sacked former manager Frank de Boer after only being in charge for 5 games.

Hodgson has been jobless in English football since he resigned as England manager during the Euro 2016 campaign, where they suffered a disastrous loss to Iceland in the last-16 stage of the competition.

His first game will see him take on Southampton, where he will also make his first home appearance as manager.

Along with Hodgson, his assistant, who worked with him at both Fulham and England, has been hired by Crystal Palace too.

The ex-England boss has previously worked at Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom, whilst also starting his playing career at his now-employees.

In a statement since his appointment as Palace manager, Hodgson has said:

“This is very much the club of my boyhood. It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential.” 

Before his appointment as manager at Selhurst Park, Hodgson had talks with Leicester prior to Shakespeare becoming manager; he turned down the opportunity and instead continued to work as a consultant with Melbourne City in Australia.

With a total win per cent of almost 35% in forty years; his most notable success was when he led Fulham to the final of the Europa League in 2014. He then joined Liverpool and then West Brom.

He had formerly helped West Brom avoid relegation in 2011, which provided him with the opportunity to become England manager.

Before handing in his resignation for England, he had won all of his fixtures in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and in the same competition 4 years prior to Euro 2016; he had led England to the quarter final stage. Despite this, he has an extremely poor record of only 3 wins from 11 games in major competitions.

In addition to his earlier statement, the new manager has said: “We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base,”

“The ambitions here are realistic.

“In my youth, watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end, 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.”

Palace will hope that this new appointment will lead them to avoid danger of relegation.

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