Roy Hodgson: Ex-England manager 'close' to being named Crystal Palace boss

Former England national team coach Roy Hodgson signed a two-year contract with his boyhood club Crystal Palace on Tuesday

Former Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of a return to Selhurst Park, following Frank de Boer's sacking just four Premier League games into the season.

"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".

Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager on a two-year deal.

Palace acted quickly to replace De Boer, who was sacked after just 77 days in charge of the club. "The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals".

For Hodgson, the job will offer him a chance of redemption and to potentially end his management career on a high note rather than his failure with England.

The much-travelled Hodgson has been looking for a job since he quit the England post in June 2016 after a shock 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the European Championship last 16 stage in France.

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

Palace say Hodgson will take first-team training on Wednesday.

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

"I spoke to Steve (Parish) late this afternoon and said that for me, I wouldn't be ready to come back".

Crystal Palace are now rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having lost all four of their opening games. It's a fact of life and it's not my business, it's the business of the club.

94 - Hodgson is still remembered fondly for his heroics while in charge of Fulham, where he managed a personal-best 94 Premier League matches between 2007 and 2010.

He's a manager of vast experience, though, having coached around Europe for over 40 years, including spells with Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool.

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