Hodgson says close to becoming Palace manager

Hodgson says close to becoming Palace manager

Hodgson was named as Frank de Boer's replacement four league games into the 2017-18 season. t was a homecoming for the south London-born 70-year-old who began his playing career as a youth team player at Palace but never made the first team.

A vastly experienced coach who has managed 15 clubs and four national teams (England, Finland, Switzerland, UAE), Hodgson has been out of a head coaching job since stepping down as England boss following their shock EURO 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland in June 2016.

Hodgson's managerial honours include seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title, while he has also been in charge of several Premier League clubs - Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.

Earlier this year, he held talks with Leicester City as a potential candidate to replace Claudio Ranieri.

7 - His record of winning 34.04 per cent of league matches may have been his worst in England's top tier, but he steered them away from relegation in his first season, secured the club's best Premier League finish of seventh the following year and then took them to the Europa League final.

"I think we changed the team around and the young, exciting team you see today is the team I was putting together".

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"The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals", Hodgson said on Palace's website.

Palace are rooted at the bottom of the league standings after suffering four straight defeats without scoring a goal.

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Hodgson was sacked in January 2011 with the 2009 Premier League runners-up 12th in the table, 19 points behind leaders Manchester United.

"It's a great opportunity to return to the game I love, at the highest level, and also at a club I always admired, liked and supported as well", he said. "I'm pleased that they've turned to me and allowed me to take the job on".

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