Crystal Palace Appoint Roy Hodgson
- 12th September 2017
Crystal Palace have named Roy Hodgson as Frank de Boer’s successor at Selhurst Park, with the former England boss becoming the club’s ninth permanent manager since 2011.
On Monday Palace savagely sacked De Boer after only 77 days at the helm, during which he oversaw only four league games (all lost without scoring), meaning he now holds the record for the least amount of matches in charge of a Premier League club.
Hodgson was instantly installed as the smokin’ hot favourite for the post, and he’s now put pen to paper, signing a two-year deal with the capital club, while he’ll reportedly bag a £1m bonus if he keeps Palace in the top-flight.
The Palace post is Hodgson’s first job in football since he left England with his head bowed following that humiliating defeat to minnows Iceland at Euro 2016, while he makes his return to the Premier League for the first time in five years.
Hodgson has previously taken charge of the likes of West Brom, Liverpool, Fulham, and Blackburn, meaning this is his fifth Premier League job.
The veteran gaffer, who becomes the Premier League’s third septuagenarian after Bobby Robson and Sir Alex Ferguson, previously led Fulham to the Europa League final, and West Brom to a top-half finish, however he flopped at Liverpool and Blackburn.
Hodgson’s reputation may not currently be the best it’s ever been, but he’ll be determined to prove a point, while he’ll no doubt have taken inspiration from Claudio Ranieri’s stunning return to the Premier League. The Italian’s appointment at Leicester was widely ridiculed, but he miraculously went on to lead the 5000/1 underdogs to Premier League glory.
I’m absolutely not saying Hodgson is going to lead Palace to the title, but he’ll certainly be gunning to swat away the critics.
Hodgson’s first game in charge is away to Southampton at St Mary’s in a match that's televised live on Sky Sports this Saturday. This is followed by Huddersfield in the EFL Cup, then three daunting league clashes with both Manchester clubs and Chelsea.
Roy Hodgson’s Premier League Record