Hodg­son sets sights on Palace sur­vival

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

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

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