Hodgson claims Palace ill-suited to De Boer, but confident of survival

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Hodgson, whose first game in charge will be against Southampton on Saturday, had graduated through the youth team ranks at Palace in the 1960s and has spoken of his pride at a homecoming.

Hodgson grew up in Croydon, south London, a few short miles away from Palace's home. The Eagles are pointless, goalless and bottom of the Premier League after five games - their inability to bulge the back of the net a new first since the top-flight was rebranded.

"I thought in the first half we were very nervous, people didn't show any real confidence on the ball at all". Lee was the assistant manager, while Morgans was the head of performance at the club.

I'm focused on the next one: "Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace".

Former England manager Hodgson has replaced him, perhaps signalling a return to the staunch defence and organisation that Sam Allardyce employed to keep them in the Premier League last term.

The Argentinian boss said: "Defensively we did really well from the beginning until the end".

During those video meetings he could obviously see the team moving around in a game and he would stop and point out where I was.

Social media users have this afternoon taken to Twitter to voice their opinions on Crystal Palace's disappointing first-half display versus Southampton. "I can't put that right but I'm very pleased to be back at the highest level with a good football club".

After just one goal from open play so far this season, Southampton finally secured all three points after three games in all competitions without a win.

And while Palace will surely show more faith in 70-year-old replacement Roy Hodgson, an experienced "safe pair of hands" appointed to guide the club through the mess rather than revolutionise their style of play, question marks will undoubtedly be asked if he too endured a hard start to life with the London club.

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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