Hodgson hired as manager of Crystal Palace, replaces De Boer

De Boer sacked after only four games

De Boer sacked after only four games

Following Crystal Palace's poor run of games in the English Premier League this campaign - four defeats and no goals scored, and with the sack of Dutch manager Frank De Boer on Monday.

The 70-year-old takes the reins at Selhurst Park on a two-year contract following the dismissal of de Boer after just 77 days and five matches in charge.

Former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has urged Crystal Palace fans to give Roy Hodgson a chance. "It's a great opportunity to return to the game I love, at the highest level, and also at a club I always admired, liked and supported as well", Hodgson had told Sky earlier.

"It's close, I hope it's close anyway", Hodgson said.

Palace are the first team in England's top division to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal since Preston 93 years ago.

"I think we changed the team around and the young, exciting team you see today is the team I was putting together".

The appointment of former Ajax coach De Boer marked a clear attempt to change the philosophy from his predecessors Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew, but in appointing Hodgson, that now appears to have been written off as a failed experiment.

Hodgson will be in position to take charge of Palace's Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday as the club search for their first win, and indeed point, of the new season.

"We've got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them". "He was coming from overseas and people had said he was never going to get another chance at the Premier League after Blackburn".

In England he has managed Bristol City, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, whom he led to their first ever major European final, losing to Atletico Madrid in the Europa League decider in 2010, for which he was named LMA Manager of the Year.

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