Crystal Palace set to replace Frank de Boer with Roy Hodgson

by Jack Kitson / 11 September 2017, 12:19

Crystal Palace are set to name former England manager Roy Hodgson as Frank de Boer's successor at Selhurst Park within the next 24 hours.

The club's decision to appoint de Boer in the summer backfired as they, rather harshly, decided to axe the Dutchman after only four Premier League games in the dugout, despite chairman Steve Parish promising an "evolution" on his appointment.

Parish now has egg on his face after sacking De Boer after just 77 days. The former Inter Milan boss, who lasted only 85 days in Italy, now holds the record for the shortest spell as a permanent Premier League manager, beating Les Reed (Charlton) by four games.

Palace are now expected to turn to Hodgson, who has not been seen since England's humiliating Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland.

Whether it's a forwards step for the club is open to debate - Hodgson is now 70, with his last Premier League job dating back five years with West Brom.

Reaction to this news has perhaps unsurprisingly not been too positive on social media, with a number of Palace fans stunned at the prospect of having Hodgson as their new manager.

If Hodgson is appointed as Palace's fourth manager in just over eight months, then he'll join Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson as the only septuagenarian (google it!) in the history of the Premier League, while it will be his fifth tenure in England's top-flight following spells with West Brom, Liverpool, Fulham, and Blackburn.

 

 

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