Crystal Palace have appointed Roy Hodgson as their new manager on a two-year contract.
The 70 year-old returns to his boyhood club after coming through the youth ranks at Palace over half a century ago. He joins up with the Eagles rock bottom of the Premier League after the worst start of any side to a top-flight season since 1925. His homecoming match back in South London begins with a crunch game on Saturday lunchtime at home to Southampton.
Speaking to the official Palace website, Hodgson said: “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.”
Hodgson returns the game after the lowest point in his career, as he led England to their most embarrassing defeat in a competitive finals at Euro 2016. Since that nightmare 1-2 freeze to the hands of Iceland, the former Inter Milan, Switzerland and Liverpool manager has rejuvenated his love for the game.
Boasting an incredible managerial career spanning over 41 years with 8 domestic titles abroad and various club and international roles, Hodgson will bring a whole wealth of experience to a depleted Palace side. After Frank de Boer’s shocking dismissal from the club on Monday, Hodgson now becomes the oldest manager ever to be appointed in the top-flight of English football. A stark contrast to the youthful project his Dutch predecessor began just weeks ago, Palace chairman Steve Parish will be hoping the fans get off his back in the wake of potential protest threats against his regime on Saturday.