Roy Hodgson set to replace Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace as Dutchman is sacked after four Premier League games

Roy Hodgson set to replace Frank de Boer at Crystal Palace as Dutchman is sacked after four Premier League games

Crystal Palace have earlier confirmed they have parted company with manager Frank de Boer, with a source telling ESPN FC that Roy Hodgson is set to take over.

Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer after just four Premier League games in charge of the club.


Roy Hodgson is set to become the latest former England manager to take over at Selhurst Park after chairman Steve Parish’s patience with Dutchman De Boer wore out.

The Eagles have lost all four of the opening Premier League games and have failed to even score.

But De Boer was working with limited resources and a squad that had been thinned out by those above him.

“Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer,” the statement read. “We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the Club.

“A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.

“There will be no further comment at this time.”

The BBC and Sky Sports News both reported that Hodgson had been identified as his successor and a source close to the former England boss subsequently told ESPN FC he is due to sign a two-year deal.

In a message on Instagram, De Boer wrote: “Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future.”

Hodgson, a regular attendee at Selhurst Park and a local man who is seen as the best bet to maximise the potential of Palace’s squad, was first contacted about his interest in the role in August and suggested he was willing to return to top-level football.

The 70-year-old has not coached in the Premier League since leaving West Bromwich Albion and he is expected to sign a deal to take him through to the end of the 2018/19 season.

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