Newly appointed Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been discussing how happy he is to be back at the club.
Speaking to Palace’s official club website, the former West Brom boss spoke fondly of old memories from his time supporting the club, and discussed how he is relishing the chance to make his mark on the Premier League once more.
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.
In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team and a lot has happened in between times.
Hodgson was confirmed by Steve Parish as Palace’s second manager of the season on Tuesday evening. This followed Frank de Boer’s dismissal at the helm of the club, which was confirmed only on Monday morning.
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.
We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.
The Dutchman was given his marching orders after failing to secure a single point during his short tenure in charge of the club, which lasted just five competitive fixtures.
I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.
Hodgson undoubtedly has a task on his hands, and will look to get off to a flying start when Palace welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League.