Roy Hodgson has been appointed the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
The former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following the South London Club defeat in four of their Premier League games without scoring, the worst start of any top-flight club in 93 years.
“Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract,” said the club in a statement on its website.
For Hodgson who born in the south London suburb of Croydon, managing Palace means he will be in charge of his boyhood side after a managerial career spanning five decades and 15 clubs in eight countries.
“It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential,” he told the club.
“We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.
“I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.”
Hodgson’s managerial honours include seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title, while he has also been in charge of several Premier League clubs — Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.
The former national manager will oversee his first training session at Palace’s Beckenham training ground on Wednesday and the 70-year-old’s first game in charge will be against Southampton on Saturday.