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Crystal Palace confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager

Crystal Palace confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager”

Roy Hodgson posed for pictures from the front seat of his auto after arriving at Crystal Palace's training ground to complete formalities ahead of his appointment as the club's new manager.

Palace dismissed De Boer after they suffered the worst start to an English top-flight campaign for almost 100 years - failing to win or even score a goal.

And, while he says no contract has been signed yet, Hodgson revealed to Sky Sports News his appointment is imminent.

The former England boss, 70, has replaced failed summer appointment, Ronald de Boer, after the Dutchman lasted just 77 days in the hotseat at Selhurst Park. "The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals".

'I'm looking forward now to getting down to some work and trying to help us get some more points in the league and climb up the table'.

Should Hodgson take the reins at Palace, he will have a baptism of fire at Selhurst Park with the club playing Southampton, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea in their next four league fixtures.

"It's not my business, it's the business of the club. I haven't met them yet or started working with them yet", he said.

Hodgson's first task now, after taking the job, must be to ensure there is no rift with Zaha over the previous snubs as he must get the winger fit and firing to aid Palace's survival bid.

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

He has managed some 16 clubs, beginning his career in Sweden, where he won five Swedish titles with Malmo FF, before reaching the final of the UEFA Cup with Inter Milan in 1997.

And Hodgson has told the Palace website that he is excited to be back at the "club of his boyhood" revealing he once dreamed of pulling on the Eagles' shirt.



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