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

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 says he is close to agreeing a deal to succeed Frank de Boer as Crystal Palace manager.

Before Hodgson's appointment was confirmed he was interviewed by Sky Sports at the club's training ground.

The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.

Hodgson resigned from his England post immediately after crashing out of the Euro 2016 knockout stages to Iceland, while Zaha has since chose to play for the Ivory Coast after being overlooked by Hodgson's successors Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate.

"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", he said.

Hodgson's last Premier League job was with West Bromwich Albion before taking over as England manager in 2012.

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"In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team and a lot has happened in between times".

"I am very excited to be back in club football", Hodgson said, "and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training".

Crystal Palace are now rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having lost all four of their opening games.

A quick turnaround is required after De Boer oversaw a quartet of successive Premier League defeats to begin the campaign, with Palace failing to find the net in any of those fixtures.

Ray Lewington will join Hodgson at Selhurst Park, having previously worked alongside him at England and Fulham. He has also managed the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Finland.

The 47-year-old former Ajax Amsterdam player and manager only took charge on June 26 with a three-year contract.

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