I only care about Palace, says Hodgson

Oscar Cross
September 18, 2017

Crystal Palace became the first club in top-flight history to lose their opening five games without scoring after losing 1-0 at home against Southampton on Saturday.

He thrives on that contact, which is why he probably enjoys being a club coach more than working with a national side.

On the attacking side of things, he might start by playing 11 against two centre-backs and, from that, work on the patterns of play right through the team.

Crystal Palace chief Steve Parish has made a bit of a mug of himself after saying everybody should calm down after only a few defeats, with it then emerging that Palace started looking for a new boss before the worldwide break - only two weeks into the season.

What exactly is schlupp doing to justify a first team place?

Hodgson is about as different a manager to De Boer as there could be, and it showed in the way Palace set about their business on Saturday. We've got to try very hard to make certain that people don't dig themselves into a grave.

A lovely effort from Manolo Gabbiadini against West Ham, and a tap in from Steven Davis against Crystal Palace.

Hodgson guided them through the group as runners-up before a 3-0 defeat to Spain ended their World Cup dream, but Switzerland were by no means disgraced.

As a result, De Boer lost his job, giving him the unwanted record of the shortest reign of a manager in terms of matches played in the Premier League era.

On his super Mario he said: "Mario is the style of player we didn't have before and he can help make us stronger".

"There's no lack of attitude from the players and wanting to do things and wanting to work and wanting to become better as a team and individuals".

Palace's start to the Premier League campaign could scarcely have been worse, having failed to muster a single goal on their way to five straight defeats. It could turn out to be a very good match.

Hodgson's Palace side could hardly be faring worse this season, now sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table without a point to their name after four games.

Brede Hangeland was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan. He returns to English management today, guiding Crystal Palace against Southampton at Selhurst Park, and an inescapable...

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