Roy Hodgson to Crystal Palace: His Premier League highs and lows

As Crystal Palace confirm the appointment of Roy Hodgson, we look back at the former England manager’s highs and lows in the Premier League.

Hodgson has signed a two-year contract to succeed Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park, but will he replicate his success at Fulham and West Brom or struggle like he did at Blackburn and Liverpool?

From Ewood Park to the Hawthorns, we recall his highs and lows.

Mixed fortunes at Blackburn

Hodgson took his first job in management at Swedish side Halmstad back in 1976, but it wasn’t until 1997 that he got his first chance in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn had won the Premier League title two years earlier, but when Hodgson took over they had just finished two points above the relegation zone in 13th place.

Hodgson was charged with taking them back into the top half of the table, and things started well. Blackburn emerged as outside contenders for the title after starting the 1997/98 season strongly, and they eventually finished sixth despite a poor run of form in the second half of the campaign.

Clinching a UEFA Cup spot represented success for Hodgson, but Blackburn started the 1998/99 campaign poorly. The failure to adequately replace departed centre-back Colin Hendry proved costly, and their problems were compounded by injuries and reported dressing room unrest.

After just two wins in 18 games and with Blackburn out of Europe and sitting bottom of the Premier League table, Hodgson was sacked on November 21.

Exceeding expectations at Fulham

Hodgson returned to the Premier League when he was named Fulham manager in December 2007. Their survival prospects looked bleak after they won just two of their first 13 games, but Hodgson steered them to survival with a run of four wins from their final five games.

Hodgson described it as one of his proudest achievements as a manager, but the best was yet to come for Fulham. After signing Mark Schwarzer, Zoltan Gera, Andy Johnson and Chris Smalling that summer, Hodgson steered them to a historic seventh-placed finish in 2008/09.

Then, in 2009/10, Hodgson took Fulham on an extraordinary, 19-game run to the Europa League final. Hodgson’s side famously saw off Italian giants Juventus along the way, and they just were four minutes away from forcing a penalty shoot-out against Atletico Madrid in the final.

Six-month struggle at Liverpool

Hodgson’s reward for his success at Fulham was to take over from Rafael Benitez at Liverpool. “This is the biggest job in club football and I’m honoured to be taking on the role of manager of Britain’s most successful football club,” he said at his unveiling.

It turned out to be a brief and unhappy tenure. Liverpool started the season poorly, suffering disappointing defeats to Manchester City, Blackpool and Everton, and there was also an embarrassing League Cup exit at home to League Two Northampton Town.

Summer signings Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic and Paul Konchesky failed to impress and supporters soon turned on the manager. Hodgson eventually departed by mutual consent after a dismal 3-1 defeat to his former club Blackburn at Ewood Park, with Kenny Dalglish taking his place.

Repairing his reputation at West Brom

Hodgson took over from Roberto Di Matteo at West Brom just a month after his departure from Liverpool.

West Brom sat one place above the drop zone when Hodgson arrived, but he guided them to five wins and five draws from their remaining 12 games. There was a memorable 2-1 win over Liverpool along the way, and West Brom eventually secured their highest Premier League finish (11th) in their history.

They went one better in the 2011/12, finishing 10th despite tight finances and a string of injury problems. Hodgson was confirmed as the new England boss that April, but he continued to manage West Brom until the end of the season. Before his departure, there was even time for another sweet victory over Liverpool – this time at Anfield.

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