Hodgson sets sights on Palace survival
LONDON: New Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday he is convinced the struggling club can survive in the Premier League despite a woeful start to the season that has left them rock-bottom.
The former England manager this week signed a two-year contract to succeed Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following defeats in all four league fixtures without a single goal.
The 70-year-old is preparing his team to face Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday, 15 months after resigning as England boss when sent packing from Euro 2016 by minnows Iceland.
“I believe the team will stay up,” Hodgson said at his first press conference as Palace manager. “Absolutely. I wouldn’t have taken the job if I didn’t believe that, or that me and my coaching staff would be the people to do that.
“There’s never been any doubt in my mind. It could be a good year if it ends up with Palace in the Premier League and the fans happy. That would make me very happy.”
The former Liverpool manager said the division had “evolved” in the five years since he was last a Premier League boss but he remains convinced he will lead Palace to safety. - AFP