Hodgson named Palace boss

12 September 2017 15:06:09 EST

Crystal Palace have confirmed former England boss Roy Hodgson as their new manager on a two-year deal.

Hodgson has described Palace as the 'club of his boyhood' as he gets set to succeed Frank de Boer.

Former Ajax and Inter Milan boss de Boer was sacked on Monday after 77 days and five matches in charge at Selhurst Park.

Hodgson meanwhile has not worked since resigning as England boss after their defeat by Iceland at the last-16 stage of Euro 2016 last summer.

This is very much the club of my boyhood.

Roy Hodgson

He will take charge for Palace's Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Ray Lewington, who worked with Hodgson at England and Fulham, has been named as his assistant.

Crystal Palace are 19/10 to beat Southampton on Saturday, with the draw 9/4 and the Saints 17/10.

Hodgson, who has previously managed Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom in the Premier League, is looking forward to latest challenge.

"This is very much the club of my boyhood. It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential," he said.

At 70 years and 34 days old, Hodgson is the oldest man to be appointed as a permanent manager in the Premier League.

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