Southampton Premier League - 16 September 2017

"I believe the team will stay up" Roy Hodgson said at his first press conference as Crystal Palace manager"Absolutely. I wouldn't have taken the job if I didn't believe that or that me and my coaching staff would be the people to do that

Four consecutive league defeats meant an end to the short Frank de Boer era at Selhurst Park, which saw an unsuccessful attempt to change Palace's style of play to make them more effective in possession.

When Roy Hodgson said "I don't really know what I am doing here" the morning after his resignation had followed England's shameful 2-1 Euro 2016 round-of-16 defeat to Iceland in Nice, it crystallised befuddled tournament performances in France previous year and at the 2014 World Cup, where Hodgson's team did not even make it out of the group stage.

Crystal Palace's new manager, Roy Hodgson, expresses confidence on being able to revive the team's performance and save the Eagles from relegation at the end of the season. That's what a football manager can do, especially one that has only been there two or three days.

"I was heartened by what I saw on the TV in the Burnley game last weekend".

"Once the chairman made it clear that he thought that we were the right people, for me, there had never been a doubt in my mind and as I say this could be a very good year with us still in the Premier League and the Crystal Palace fans happy, then that would be something that which will make me very happy".

Hodgson's first duty is to deliver the Palace to the game in the fifth week entertain Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday (16/09/2017) afternoon tomorrow.

"I don't honestly believe that there is necessarily a lot that needs to be done", he told Palace TV. I wouldn't have taken the job if I didn't believe that.

"You can always get off to a bad start, (but) what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four".

"Everything we do will be based on getting enough points to ensure that we stay in the league because the aim is to end the campaign as a Premiership team".

"Careers are defined by small moments". That being said, I think this will be a much easier task.

"But I can't look back with satisfaction with not progressing at tournaments in the way we'd have liked".

"That was a chapter in my life and that chapter has now finished and focus on the next one. That would be special because I am a Croydon boy". "Leagues aren't won or teams relegated in September".

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