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Ex-England boss Roy Hodgson appointed Crystal Palace manager

14 September 2017

With Arsenal midfielder and academy graduate Jack Wilshere expected to feature for the first team after a thirteen month exodus in the Europa League this week, ex-England boss and freshly appointed Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is allegedly contemplating a move for the silky midfielder.

In the official statement on the club's website, Crystal Palace said, "Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer".

"It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in hard times of course, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential".

"Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract", said a club statement.

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He told Jim White: "The pressure has always been there and it'll only get stronger".

Yet he has also admitted the desire to erase memories of the Iceland defeat in Nice last June, which ended his four-year spell with the Three Lions.

"I didn't want to end it (my career) on a bad result but I think the 56 (England) games and the seven defeats is not so bad", he explained. Ninety per cent of it is thinking about us, our style and our model.

"We're four games in and the start has been a poor one, we can't deny that, but there's 38 games in the league season and there's 34 more to play and quite frankly the relegation issues are not going to be decided this side of Christmas, they're probably not going to be decided this side of Easter".

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One of the key negotiating points for Hodgson in taking the job was that he could bring his former England and Fulham No2 Ray Lewington into Selhurst with him.

"Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support".

Hodgson will lead training on Wednesday and take his seat in the Selhurst Park dugout on Saturday when the Eagles take on Southampton in the EPL.

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Ex-England boss Roy Hodgson appointed Crystal Palace manager