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Hodgson The Saviour?

Roy Hodgson’s reputation has certainly taken a battering in the latter part of his career, namely with England but the 70 year old journeyman manager was appointed as an apparent saviour by Crystal Palace after just 4 games of the season.

Steve Parish panicked and showed a worrying lack of planning that must have Eagles fans wondering what the hell is going on.

A series of bizarre tweets about sticking together were followed just a few short hours later by the news of the sacking of Frank de Boer after just 4 games, an unwanted record.

The appointment sees Hodgson become the oldest Premier league manager of all time at 70 years old.

Roy Hodgson had built a reputation around Europe as a top coach with relative success especially early on at most of the clubs he has managed.

The 70 year old once remarked “Of course, my track record, if people bothered to study it, would put me in the same category as [Sir Alex] Ferguson enjoys today, but people don’t talk about what I’ve done outside England”

This quote came following a poor spell at Blackburn Rovers after a good first season, results tailed off and Hodgson was dismissed.

Confidence is key in football but this comes from a man who has never won a major trophy although he came close in the UEFA cup with Inter and Fulham.

His England tenure was littered with bizarre decisions and poor performances which will not leave Palace fans confident of a turnaround.

Will Roy steady the ship and do enough to keep them up? It will be a tough task. With the 3 promoted teams all enjoying reasonable starts Palace are playing catch up and can’t strengthen until January.

Hodgson will surely relish the task

“We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base,” Hodgson told the club website. “The ambitions here are realistic.

“In my youth, watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end, 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.”

Parish obviously thinks they have plenty of time and the quality to climb out of trouble and he does have a manager that will try his best to repair his tattered reputation but at 70 years old and a long season ahead it will be interesting to find out if Hodgson can deliver.

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