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Crystal Palace appoint Roy Hodgson as manager to replace sacked Frank de Boer on two-year contract

  • Roy Hodgson has been named the new manager of Crystal Palace
  • Former England manager has signed a two-year deal at Selhurst Park 
  • Hodgson replaces Dutchman Frank De Boer who was sacked on Monday 
  • The 70-year-old is glad to be back at a club he has 'always loved and admired'

Crystal Palace have appointed former England manager Roy Hodgson as their new manager following the sacking of Dutchman Frank de Boer.

Palace chairman Steve Parish confirmed the appointment via social media, posting a picture of Hodgson wearing a club training top, with the caption: 'Warm welcome back to #cpfc to Roy Hodgson.'

De Boer was relieved of his duties on Monday after just 77 days and four Premier League games in charge, in which his team failed to score and did not register a point during a nightmare start to the season. 

Steve Parish posted a picture of Roy Hodgson on social media welcoming him back to the club

Steve Parish posted a picture of Roy Hodgson on social media welcoming him back to the club

Hodgson takes over at Crystal Palace and he is glad to be back at a club he has 'always loved'

Hodgson takes over at Crystal Palace and he is glad to be back at a club he has 'always loved'

Roy Hodgson has been named the new Crystal Palace manager on a two-year contract 

Roy Hodgson has been named the new Crystal Palace manager on a two-year contract 

Frank de Boer was sacked as Crystal Palace boss after just four league games in charge

Frank de Boer was sacked as Crystal Palace boss after just four league games in charge

The Palace board have turned to Hodgson as his replacement, with the 70-year-old signing a two-year contract at Selhurst Park. 

Hodgson told the club's official website: '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.

'The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals. 

'I think what motivates me really is the field. It's working with players, it's dealing with the day-to-day problems that emerge both on the field and off the field. 

Hodgson returns to football after leaving his position as England manager after Euro 2016 

Hodgson returns to football after leaving his position as England manager after Euro 2016 

Hodgson has managed Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and Blackburn in the top flight

Hodgson has managed Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and Blackburn in the top flight

HODGSON'S MANAGERIAL CV 

1976–1980: Halmstad

1982: Bristol City

1982: Oddevold

1983–1984: Orebro

1985–1989: Malmo

1990–1992: Neuchatel Xamax

1992–1995: Switzerland

1995–1997: Inter Milan  

1997–1998: Blackburn Rovers

1999: Inter Milan (caretaker) 

1999–2000: Grasshoppers 

2000–2001: Copenhagen

2001: Udinese

2002–2004: United Arab Emirates

2004–2005: Viking

2006–2007: Finland

2007–2010: Fulham

2010–2011: Liverpool

2011–2012: West Bromwich Albion

2012–2016: England 

2017: Crystal Palace 

'Being around football players and of course, unfortunately someone a long time ago injected the drug called 'Football' into my veins and I've never been able to shake it off. I'm still an addict.'  

Sportsmail reported on Sunday night how the Eagles had stepped up their search for De Boer's replacement, with former England manager Hodgson and Sam Allardyce the two leading candidates. They have moved quickly to secure the services of Hodgson.

He returns to the Premier League for the first time since leaving West Brom for the national team in 2012, having previously managed Liverpool, Fulham and Blackburn in the English top flight.

He has been out of work since England's disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, which ended with a humiliating exit to Iceland, but the Croydon native now takes charge of a club he played for at youth level in the 1960s. 

Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was another name being linked to the job

Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was another name being linked to the job

He has previously spent much of his career abroad, managing in Italy, Finland and Sweden

He has previously spent much of his career abroad, managing in Italy, Finland and Sweden

HOW SPORTSMAIL LED THE WAY 

Monday¿s Sportsmail flagged up De Boer¿s exit and Hodgson¿s arrival

Monday's Sportsmail flagged up De Boer's exit and Hodgson's arrival

Roy Hodgson has been confirmed as the new Crystal Palace boss in place of the sacked Frank de Boer.

Sportsmail's Sami Mokbel reported the club were lining up the former England manager after the defeat by Burnley on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce confirmed that Steve Parish spoke to him regarding the position on Monday, before he ruled himself out of the running.

Following those initial overtures to the Allardyce camp, Palace accelerated their attempts to lure Hodgson. Here's how Sportsmail led the way:

Sept 10: Hodgson is a target for Crystal Palace manager's job 

Sept 11: Hodgson will be handed a huge £1m bonus if he keeps Palace up 

Sept 12: Hodgson close to agreeing deal to take Crystal Palace job

De Boer's departure is also likely to see Sammy Lee leave the club, having originally arrived with Allardyce, with Ray Lewington joining as part of Hodgson's backroom team having previously worked with him with Fulham and England.

Hodgson's first game as Palace manager will be a Premier League clash against Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday, before a Carabao Cup third-round game with Huddersfield the following Tuesday.

Palace, who sit second bottom above West Ham, then face a daunting run of consecutive games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. 

Hodgson will be back in the Premier League for the first time since leaving West Brom in 2012

Hodgson will be back in the Premier League for the first time since leaving West Brom in 2012

THE PREMIER LEAGUE'S OLDEST MANAGERIAL APPOINTMENTS 

Roy Hodgson has become the oldest Premier League managerial appointment after being named Crystal Palace boss.

The 70-year-old former England manager replaces Frank de Boer, who was sacked after just 77 days and four games in charge.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the five previous oldest Premier League 'new boys'.

GUUS HIDDINK – 69

The former Netherlands boss was named interim Chelsea manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho and guided them on a 12-game unbeaten run, finishing 10th. Hiddink had also managed the Blues for the final three months of the 2008-09 campaign. He was recently linked with a return to the South Korea job.

DICK ADVOCAAT – 67

Took over at Sunderland in March 2015, a day after the sacking of Gus Poyet with the Black Cats one point above the relegation zone. Advocaat left after keeping them up but had a change of heart and signed a one-year contract only to resign in October. Now in his third spell in charge of the Dutch national team.

SIR BOBBY ROBSON – 66

The ex-England boss arrived at Newcastle via spells at PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Lisbon, Porto and Barcelona in September 1999. He stayed five years, guiding the Toon into the Champions League twice and to the UEFA Cup semi-finals. Died in 2009 aged 76 after a long battle with cancer.

HARRY REDKNAPP – 65

QPR turned to Redknapp in November 2012 after sacking Mark Hughes with the side bottom of the Premier League table and without a win in their opening 12 games. He could not keep Rangers up but got them promoted the following season. Now 70, Redknapp is manager at Championship Birmingham.

NEIL WARNOCK – 65

Came in for a second spell at Palace after Tony Pulis left before the 2014-15 season. But following a poor start to the campaign with the Eagles in the relegation zone, Warnock was sacked in December. Currently pushing for promotion back to the Premier League with Cardiff.

 

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