Roy Hodgson Confident on Leading Crystal Palace away from Relegation

Esther Moore
September 17, 2017

No, Hodgson didn't lose to a team coached by a dentist, the smallest nation to ever qualify for a major tournament, but he was unable to prevent Palace falling to a fifth defeat of the season, as Saints claimed a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

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.

When Roy Hodgson said "I don't really know what I am doing here" the morning after his resignation had followed England's shameful 2-1 Euro 2016 round-of-16 defeat to Iceland in Nice, it crystallised befuddled tournament performances in France a year ago and at the 2014 World Cup, where Hodgson's team did not even make it out of the group stage.

Hodgson, who has coached 15 previous clubs in eight countries as well as leading the Switzerland and Finland national teams, said that Palace were a "good team" despite their awful start to the season.

Hodgson said he was looking forward to the new challenge. They are performing poorly in this season.

Hodgson's Palace side could hardly be faring worse this season, now sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table without a point to their name after four games.

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With all that being said, I am predicting this game to be a win for Southampton.

"Matches do get lost when you're a football coach, particularly in tournament football and the tournament is over", said Hodgson.

On the other hand, the Crystal Palace hierarchy will be becoming increasingly concerned by the threat of relegation as the Eagles still lacked any offensive quality or fresh ideas despite the change of manager this week. The player Roy Hodgson is injured and Pape Souare is in doubt to enter this match after a long break.

But Hodgson, the oldest manager appointed to a Premier League position, insisted the Eagles could bounce back from their woeful start to the season and remain in the Premier League. "The only thing that will get you a good start is a performance where you score more goals against the opposition and we certainly didn't do that today".

"We've got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them".

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