Hodgson hired as manager of Crystal Palace, replaces De Boer

Hodgson hired as manager of Crystal Palace, replaces De Boer

Hodgson was officially appointed as the new Eagles manager on Tuesday night following the sacking of Frank de Boer on Monday.

But Hodgson has also been warned that there will also have to be a clear-out of fringe players during the next transfer window with as many as half a dozen players being shipped out if buyers can be found.

Roy Hodgson will return to football management on Saturday afternoon when he takes charge of Crystal Palace against Southampton at Selhurst Park.

The 70-year-old will be tasked with dragging the Eagles off the bottom of the Premier League table, after De Boer failed to pick up a single point (or see his side score a single goal) over the opening 4 games of the Premier League season.

"It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in hard times of course, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential".

He told Jim White: "The pressure has always been there and it'll only get stronger".

Ray Lewington will join Hodgson as his assistant, having previously worked together at England and Fulham.

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Hodgson's EPL experience includes spells at Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

Yet he has also admitted the desire to erase memories of the Iceland defeat in Nice last June, which ended his four-year spell with the Three Lions.

This is his first coaching post since that humiliating loss but, speaking to Sky Sports earlier on Tuesday, Hodgson said there were no scars from his time with England.

"I didn't want to end (my career) on a bad result, but I think the 56 games and the seven defeats is not so bad", he said. Ninety per cent of it is thinking about us, our style and our model.

"We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that".

"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".

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