Hodgson Appointed Palace Gaffer
Former England and Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has tonight been announced as Crystal Palace's new gaffer following the departure of Frank de Boer.
With pressure building on de Boer following Palace's start to the Premier League campaign with four straight defeats, Hodgson had long been the favourite in the media.
He comes in on a two year deal following a managerial career that has spanned five decades, 15 clubs and either countries - including spells as gaffer of four international teams.
Spells in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion clearly give him the experience and he's also won seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cups, one Swiss title and one Danish title.
Speaking to Crystal Palace FC at the training ground earlier today as he tied up the formalities, Hodgson explained.
'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. 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.'
'It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential. We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals. I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.'
Ray Lewington joins as Hodgson's assistant manager having previously worked with him at England and Fulham, and he was of course our assistant gaffer between 1994 and 2000, including two short spells as caretaker manager.
A first team coach will be appointed and now it's all eyes to Southampton.