Roy Hodgson says he is close to agreeing Crystal Palace deal

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Roy Hodgson returned to soccer management for the first time since leaving his job as England coach past year, taking over at Premier League struggler Crystal Palace on Tuesday as a replacement for the fired Frank de Boer.

3 - Hodgson will become the third oldest manager to take charge of a Premier League game, behind Bobby Robson and Alex Ferguson.

"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 added.

He has been out of management since quitting England after their last-16 defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016.

"We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base".

Indeed, Hodgson began his football career at Selhurst Park as a youngster but did not manage to make a senior appearance for Palace before moving on.

"I hope it's close".

Both Hodgson and Zaha are from nearby Croydon and Hodgson gave the 24-year-old his only England cap in 2012, when he came on as a late substitute in the friendly against Sweden.

"I am very excited to be back in club football", Hodgson said, "and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day-to-day sessions of training".

"I've always got sympathy for managers who lose their job".

The former saw him keep the club up in one of the Premier League's most remarkable relegation escapes as he guided them to 12 points in their final five matches, and he also took them to the UEFA Europa League final in 2010, which they lost in extra time to Atletico Madrid. "I haven't met them yet or started working with them yet", he said.

Hodgson will be joined at Palace by Ray Lewington, who was his assistant with England and Fulham and Palace's assistant manager between 1994 and 2000.



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