Roy Hodgson to replace Frank De Boer

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is taking charge of Crystal Palace after they confirmed the sacking of Frank De Boer.

We revealed last week that De Boer was on the brink, and defeat at Burnley on Sunday was the last straw for chairman Steve Parish.

De Boer lasted just four games after being appointed in the summer, succeeding Sam Allardyce – who quit for personal reasons, as he no longer wanted the day to day work-load of club management.

Allardyce was approached by Palace to come back to the club, but he rejected the chance to return.

Hodgson is the man who chairman Steve Parish has turned to, and he is already a confirmed fan of the 70-year-old – having talk to him about coming to Palace before he appointed both Allardyce and De Boer.

Now Hodgson, who has not worked since quitting his England job following a disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, will take charge this week ahead of his first game against Southampton this weekend.

Most Bookmakers have now closed the market on Hodgson coming into Selhurst Park.

Michael Triffitt, BetVictor’s head of antepost Fotball told us: “With reliable sources claiming De Boer will leave and Hodgson be his replacement we have closed both markets now.

“Slaven Bilic, who has been under pressure and was supported to go first, looks the obvious favourite to be second out the door and we have opened with him as 2/1 market leader with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle 5/1 and 10/1 bar. Hodgson himself is only 16/1 to make a quick exit!”

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