Hodgson believes Palace chapter will be a happy one

Wilshere hasn't played for Arsenal in 13 months spending last season on loan at Bournemouth

Wilshere hasn't played for Arsenal in 13 months spending last season on loan at Bournemouth

"But I'm not suggesting hard work in training will produce Messis and Ronaldos in the next three months", Hodgson told reporters after a defeat that left Palace bottom of the table.

The Dutch manager was sacked after just 77 days in charge of the Eagles and now he has been replaced by Roy Hodgson.

Roy Hodgson (70 years 38 days) became the third manager to take charge of a Premier League game in his 70s after Sir Alex Ferguson and Bobby Robson.

Hodgson has been out of the front line since he resigned as England coach after the humiliating 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016 last summer.

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 couldn't fault his players for their commitment. They are performing poorly in this season.

"We have just got to get down to working with the players, deciding which ones are the best ones to get us out of trouble".

In the last five head to head records between these two teams in English Carabao Cup, English Premier League, and English FA Cup, Southampton won three matches and two matches by Crystal Palace.

Hodgson recognised he will never fully escape the shadow of England, but Palace is what he cares about now: "I believe the team will stay up, absolutely". We've had a bad start and we've handicapped ourselves by not taking any points from the first four games. Our prediction is for Palace to win 1-0.

"The money improves every year and the thought of relegation gets more and more frightening for the teams that are going to be threatened by it, so there's no doubt the pressure has increased".

Hodgson said he has got over the disappointment of the way his reign as England manager ended.

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Arsenal outcast Jack Wilshere according to reports today. But nothing I can say will change those five results, nothing I can say will score a goal in those five games or give us any points from those five games.

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