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2017/2018 Season

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Roy Hodgson named Crystal Palace boss after Frank de Boer exit

Craig Burley explains why Crystal Palace made two mistakes with now-former manager Frank de Boer.

Crystal Palace have appointed former England manager Roy Hodgson as their new boss following the dismissal of Frank de Boer.

De Boer departed on Monday, only 77 days into a three-year contract, after Palace became the first team in England's top division to lose their opening four league fixtures without scoring since Preston 93 years ago.

Hodgson, who was also approached when Sam Allardyce was appointed to succeed Alan Pardew at Palace in December, takes on his first managerial role since resigning from the England post after Euro 2016

The 70-year-old last worked in the Premier League with West Brom in 2012 before leaving to become England manager.

A year earlier he had inspired them, as he did similarly relegation-threatened Fulham in 2007-08, to survival.

Between his time at Fulham and West Brom, Hodgson had an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool that lasted only six months.

Born in Croydon, Hodgson spent three years on Palace's books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

He told the official Palace website: "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 fanbase. The ambitions here are realistic, there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals."

Allardyce, who resigned from Palace in May, said on Monday that he had been contacted about a return to Selhurst Park but told chairman Steve Parish he was not interested in the vacancy.

"I spoke to Steve and said, for me, I wouldn't be ready to come back," he told Sky Sports. "I wouldn't be comfortable at this moment in time taking a position as a football manager.

"I'm enjoying my life too much at this moment, watching everyone else have the weight of pressure, and there's certainly huge pressure as we've seen with Frank going so early."

Former Palace caretaker boss Ray Lewington will again link up with Hodgson as assistant manager, while a new first-team coach will be announced shortly.

Speaking to Palace TV, Hodgson was adamant his new side can shrug off their dismal start to the season.

He said: "I don't honestly believe that there is necessarily a lot that needs to be done.

"You can always get off to a bad start, [but] what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four.

"We've got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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