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The former England manager, who replaced Frank De Boer earlier this week, began his reign as Eagles boss by overseeing a frustrating 1-0 home loss to Southampton. He has managed four Premier League clubs - Blackburn Rovers, Fulham FC, Liverpool and West Bromwich, having 34.72 % win rate in Premier League.

A far more popular substitution than Hodgson's.

I am pretty sure Hodgson will play a 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 system at Palace and he will do a lot of work with each player on where they play as part of the team shape.

Everyone would see the link between what we did in training and what happened in games, and we started to trust it. The players care and they hurt and you couldn't say they weren't trying.

"I think we changed the (England) team around and the young, exciting team you see today is the team I was putting together".

"The club is reeling right now, and, irrespective of who is brought in as manager, we need to steady the ship quickly ad get goals and points on the board before we are cast adrift".

There is a very real chance at Palace could lose each of the latter three, meaning Hodgson's managerial debut against The Saints on Saturday could take on real significance.

After penning the deal, Hodgson said, "This is very much the club of my boyhood and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories". De Boer had retained the former two.

Hodgson said: "Matches do get lost when you are a football coach, especially in tournament football, where, when the match is lost, the tournament is over for you".

It took only six minutes for Southampton to expose the extent of the challenge Hodgson must overcome.

Palace played at a higher tempo in the second half as the rain hammered down but left themselves vulnerable to the counter-attack.

Crystal Palace have confirmed that Orlando Trustfull, Sammy Lee and Ryland Morgans have stepped down from their respective positions at the club on 16 September.


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