Saturday, September 23, 2017
Roy Hodgson confirmed as Crystal Palace manager

Roy Hodgson confirmed as Crystal Palace manager

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Photo: Steve Parish/Instagram

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed that Roy Hodgson has been appointed manager.

The Eagles sacked Frank de Boer on Monday morning and have quickly moved to bring in the former England manager, who had impressive stints at Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.

Hodgson has signed a two-year contract with Palace.

Croydon-born Hodgson told the club’s website:  “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.

“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 fanbase.  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.”

Ray Lewington will join Hodgson as his assistant, having previously worked together at England and Fulham. Lewington is a familiar face in south London, having been Palace’s assistant manager between 1994 and 2000 – including two short spells as caretaker manager.

Parish tweeted: “Warm welcome ‘back’ to to Roy Hodgson. @ Crystal palace FC training ground.”

It was common knowledge that Palace had turned to Hodgson after trying to persuade Sam Allardyce out of retirement.

Hodgson, 70, boasts huge experience and led Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010, only for them to lost in extra-time to Atletico Madrid.

His first game in charge will be Saturday’s home game against Southampton before testing road trips to both Manchester clubs.

Sports Editor | South London Press sports editor since 2007 who has covered huge sporting events for the paper – Crystal Palace’s Championship play-off final, two trips to Wembley in the FA Cup and David Haye’s world heavyweight unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko. Previously sub-edited on the Sunday Mirror, Daily Star and Sport First. Former ClubCall deputy editor.

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Roy Hodgson confirmed as Crystal Palace manager