Incoming Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson ready to get started at Selhurst Park as Steve Parish confirms appointment
The former England manager is set to replace the departed Frank de Boer
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Roy Hodgson has effectively confirmed his appointment as the new Crystal Palace boss in place of the sacked Frank de Boer.
Although he conceded he is yet to sign a formal contract, Hodgson told Sky Sports News he is “looking forward” to working with the Eagles players.
Hodgson emerged as the clear front-runner for the Palace role even before the 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Sunday which sealed De Boer’s fate.
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.
Hodgson said: “I haven’t met them (the players) yet but I am looking forward to working with them.
“They did very well last season especially towards the end of the season, so I’ve got no reason to believe they can’t do it again.”
The 70-year-old insists there are no ill effects from his ignominious departure from the England job after their shock Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.
Hodgson added: “I didn’t want to end it (my career) on a bad result but I think the 56 games and the seven defeats is not so bad.
“I think we changed the team around and the young, exciting team you see today is the team I was putting together.
“We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that. I can’t put that right but I’m very pleased to be back at the highest level with a good football club.”
On Tuesday evening, Palace chairman Steve Parish offered a ‘warm welcome’ to Hodgson with the following picture on his Instagram account.