Hodgson replaces de Boer at Crystal Palace

Hodgson replaces de Boer at Crystal Palace

Hodgson replaces de Boer at Crystal Palace

Former England boss Roy Hodgson has been hired as manager of Crystal Palace, replacing Frank de Boer at the struggling Premier League club.

Palace announced the appointment of the 70-year-old Hodgson on Tuesday on a two-year contract.

It is Hodgson's first coaching job since he stepped down from his England role after the country's humiliating loss to Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship in 2016.

"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."

Hodgson recalled watching Palace, his local team, as a child. He also played for Palace's youth side.

"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," he said.

"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."

Hodgson's first game in charge of Palace will be against Southampton at home on Saturday.

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