Crystal Palace set new record for worst-ever top-flight start

Crystal Palace set new record for worst-ever top-flight start

Hodgson replaced Frank de Boer in midweek after the Eagles had started the Premier League season with four straight defeats and no goals.

The 70-year-old had coached 15 clubs in eight countries and led the national team of four countries, winning seven Swedish League titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title. The boos that greeted Hodgson's decision to substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Palace's outstanding player, with 12 minutes remaining were loud and vociferous.

"I have very good memories of those times and the people I worked with and the players I worked with, but unfortunately, it's over".

It is early days for Hodgson, of course, and while his side showed admirable endeavour in a 1-0 defeat to the Saints, they were once again painfully goal-shy.

Everyone would see the link between what we did in training and what happened in games, and we started to trust it.

"That for me is all that really matters to me and I am happy to be given the chance to work with that team and I am hopefully and enthusiastic about what we are going to achieve".

He said the anxiety of his players was palpable during the game but he saw an improvement in the second half after they had resorted to booting the ball up to striker Christian Benteke in the first.

"We lost a knockout game and I was very sad about that". It is important to note that Palace was very unlucky to lose their last game as they were by far the better team. De Boer had retained the former two.

He received a warm welcome from the Palace fans when he walked along the touchline to take his place in the home dug-out. Determination of the champion or the degraded team will not be determined from the result of the match in September, "said Hodgson".

West Brom were Hodgson's last job in club management before he left to take the England position in 2012, and the short but sweet spell he spent in charge at the Hawthorns provides a reasonable barometer for what to expect at Crystal Palace.

Other reports suggest that Hodgson could be given £40m to spend Crystal Palace in January as they look to climb out of the drop zone.

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