Palace pin hopes on Hodgson for fortune revival

Roy Hodgson looks on during a Melbourne City A League training session at City Football Academy

Crystal Palace did not wait around to swing the axe at Frank de Boer before giving Roy Hodgson a Premier League lifeline at Selhurst Park.

A far more popular substitution than Hodgson's.

"The only comfort I could take is that we got better as the game went on".

Roy Hodgson says England's loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 did not make him doubt himself as a coach. They did that but after about ten minutes, that game was again [going] for us.

"There's a lot of players here who have been at the club a long time and had a lot of success, both helping the club up from the Championship and keeping them in the Premier League", he continued.

"That for me is all that really matters to me and I am happy to be given the chance to work with that team and I am hopefully and enthusiastic about what we are going to achieve".

Although staff and players found Hodgson's enthusiasm infectious, especially on the training ground, where there was a sense he could not have been in a happier place (it is tempting to think he is much better suited to club rather than global management on that point alone), he also had an edge to him and was not afraid to light the fuse when things were not done right.




The win hands Mauricio Pellegrino his first away win since he took charge on the south coast, while Hodgson faces an uphill battle to turn Palace's form around, especially with their next three matches pitting them against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

"We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that".

Fraser Forster was also on form as the Saints, making two key saves among other impressive bits of play in his own box.

After penning the deal, Hodgson said, "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".

The English manager will start his tenure at Crystal Palace with a game at home as they take on Southampton.

Palace have a very difficult run of games coming up but what Hodgson will do is get the team well organised and hard to beat, and build from there.

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