Roy Hodgson hired as manager of Crystal Palace, replacing Frank de Boer

Roy Hodgson returns to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace announcing him as their new manager.
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Roy Hodgson returns to the Premier League, with Crystal Palace announcing him as their new manager.

Former England coach Roy Hodgson has been hired as manager of Crystal Palace, replacing Frank de Boer at the struggling Premier League club.

Palace announced the appointment of the 70-year-old Hodgson on Wednesday (NZ time) on a two-year contract.

It is Hodgson's first coaching job since he stepped down from his England role within minutes of the country's humiliating loss to Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship last year, even though his contract was due to expire anyway.

De Boer took charge in the off-season but his reign was the shortest in the Premier League era, fired on Tuesday (NZT) after Palace lost its first four games of the season without scoring - the worst start to an English top-flight season in almost 100 years.

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Hodgson, who began his playing career at Palace, has previously managed Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom in the Premier League.

"I am very excited to be back in club football," he said, "and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training."

A well-travelled and globally respected coach who has worked at clubs in England, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark and Norway, Hodgson will extend his managerial career to a 41st year. He has also managed the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

Hodgson recalled watching Palace, his local team, as a child.

"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," he said.

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"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."

Hodgson's first game in charge of Palace will be against Southampton at home on Saturday night (NZ time).

 - AP

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