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Palace pin hopes on Hodgson for fortune revival

17 September 2017

Born in Croydon, Hodgson spent three years on Palace's books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

Hodgson's predecessor Frank de Boer's three-year contract was terminated the day before Hodgson's hiring, after his fourth consecutive defeat in the English Premier League.

Meanwhile, Hodgson insists he can deal with the pressure of keeping his new club in the Premier League. He was replaced by former England manager Roy Hodgson and his arrival has prompted a backroom reshuffle.

Hodgson, who has coached 15 previous clubs in eight countries as well as leading the Switzerland and Finland national teams, said that Palace were a "good team" despite their terrible start to the season.

Hodgson at the Palace

"I can't change the fixture list, all I can do is encourage the players to be as mentally strong as possible", Hodgson said. They are performing poorly in this season.

"The only comfort I could take is that we got better as the game went on".

However, after five Premier League games Southampton have produced just two goals from the run of play.

Saints, who had last scored when they beat West Ham United 3-2 at home on August 19, notched their second win to move up to provisional fifth spot on eight points before the afternoon kickoffs, while Palace are rooted to the bottom of the table.

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Hodgson recognised he will never fully escape the shadow of England, but Palace is what he cares about now: "I believe the team will stay up, absolutely".

But Hodgson, the oldest manager appointed to a Premier League position, insisted the Eagles could bounce back from their woeful start to the season and remain in the Premier League.

He said: "I have watched the Iceland game, but not for about 14 months and I do not intend to watch it back now as it has no relevance to my work". I'm focused on the next one.

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Wilshere was one of Hodgsons most utilised players during his time as England manager, selecting the midfielder 29 times from his 56 matches in charge.

"The anxiety, especially in the first half, was there for all to see, in the second there were better signs, we were prepared to put our foot on the ball and pass it".

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Palace pin hopes on Hodgson for fortune revival