Date: 12th September 2017 at 7:47pm
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Crystal Palace have appointed former England boss Roy Hodgson as their new manager on a two-year deal.

The Premier League side have moved swiftly after sacking Frank de Boer on Monday, after the Dutchman lost his opening four league games in charge of The Eagles, without seeing his side score a single goal.

Hodgson, 70, replaces De Boer to become the Premier League’s oldest ever permanently appointed manager, who has brought in Ray Lewington as his assistant at Selhurst Park.

The former Bristol City, Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion boss has been out of management since resigning as England manager following their shock knockout to minnows Iceland at UEFA Euro 2016 last summer.

Ahead of taking charge of his first training session on Wednesday, Hodgson told the club’s official 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.

New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

“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 fan base. 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.”

Hodgson’s Palace host Southampton at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Saturday (12:30).


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