16
Nov
2019

Hodgson confident of Palace success

first_imgCrystal Palace Hodgson looking to make style match talent at Crystal Palace Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 04:01 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) RoyHodgson - cropped Getty Images Crystal Palace Premier League Crystal Palace v Southampton The new Palace boss hopes he can pull the right strings at the club, having replaced the sacked Frank de Boer Roy Hodgson believes Crystal Palace’s players were ill-suited to Frank de Boer’s coaching style, but is confident he can keep them up.De Boer was sacked after four games in charge, having lost them all with Palace failing to score – representing the worst start to a Premier League campaign.Palace 12/1 to beat Man City Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing 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.Hodgson, having given international debuts to Palace trio Martin Kelly, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha, is confident he has a good grip on the style they ought to play in order to thrive.”It’s very difficult to impose a style of play if you don’t have the players to play it, that’s pretty obvious,” said Hodgson ahead of his first game in charge, Saturday’s visit of Southampton to Selhurst Park.”I have seen quite a lot of Crystal Palace over the last five years, in particular my four years working with England.”I have seen Palace progress and also many of the players who are still here and improved. Roy is set on making the fans happy…Watch the full press conference for free on https://t.co/TTogt72Aro now!  pic.twitter.com/jO6TY9tIZt— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 15, 2017″I think I have a clear idea of what they’re good at and what they can do, so our style needs to be one that helps us win football matches.”I have to get to know the players better and know what our best team is. But what I will say is that there a lot of players here who have been at the club a long time who have had a lot of success, helping the club into the Premier League and then keeping them up.”So anything which has been successful in the past can be continued and one always hopes, develops further.”Hodgson grew up in Croydon, south London, a few short miles away from Palace’s home.He added: “It’s a chapter in the book of life opening for me, and one I’m looking forward to. “One I’m hoping brings joy to the fans of Crystal Palace. That would be special because I am a Croydon boy and didn’t leave here until I was 24 years of age.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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