Crystal Palace to replace sacked De Boer with Hodgson

Crystal Palace will appoint Roy Hodgson as their new manager, following their decision to sack Frank de Boer after just 77 days in the Selhurst Park dugout.

Following the departure of Sam Allardyce during the summer, the Eagles turned to former Ajax coach de Boer in a bid to take them to the next level in the Premier League. But the Dutchman has endured a horrific start to life in London, losing all four opening league games without seeing his side score a goal.

The latest of these defeats came on Sunday when, despite having a number of chances including Scott Dann’s open goal late on, they succumbed to a 1-0 reverse at Burnley. It was widely reported before the game that this was De Boer’s final chance, and that has proved to be exactly the case.

Palace announced on Monday afternoon that they have issued the 47-year-old with his P45 after just 77 days in charge, which is even less than the 85 he managed in his previous position at Inter Milan. The Selhurst Park are set to act quickly in naming a successor, with Hodgson set for a two-year contract.

The former England coach has been out of work since Iceland beat his side in Euro 2016, a result many feel the worst in the history of the national side. The hugely experienced 70-year-old was born in Croydon, and was a youth team player at the club without making the grade in the first team.

As well as his contract, Hodgson will be given a significant bonus if he leads the Eagles to survival. He certainly has time on his side, with the first of their remaining 34 fixtures scheduled for Saturday afternoon when they host Southampton in a game which already looks like a must-win.

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