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His brand of football may not be pretty on the eye at the best of times, but Roy Hodgson's superb track record makes him the ideal candidate to keep Crystal Palace up.

Frank de Boer came and went without even adding to the goals scored column in the Premier League and Eagles chairman Steve Parish knew exactly where to turn.

Having begun his playing career in the Palace youth setup, having been raised away from Selhurst Park, Hodgson's managerial travels have finally brought him home.

With Parish ending the De Boer “evolution” after just five games, the chairman will be hoping the former England manager can repeat his tricks from his time at Fulham and West Brom.

Hodgson's experience and ability to get the best out of a group of players should stand Palace in good stead after a disastrous start to the new season.

His first outing in the dugout didn't exactly go to plan – a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton – but the signs were there to suggest that Hodgson can pull off another great escape act. A win over Huddersfield in the Carabao Cup will help confidence too.

Just over a month ago fans were anticipating a change from the norm and revelling in De Boer's total football masterclass that he was so desperate to install in south London.

However, now is not the time for tinkering. Hodgson has been brought in to the job he is so brilliant at and ensure Palace retain their top-flight status no matter the consequences.So what are the key areas of expertise that the 70-year-old can bring to Selhurst Park?

Well, for starters it's been fairly obvious where Crystal Palace's shortcomings have stemmed from.

A worrying lack of organisation at the back is an instant recipe for disaster and this will most certainly be Hodgson's first port of call in overturning Palace's misfortunes.

The acquisition of Mamadou Sakho is perhaps the one positive to emerge from this harrowing season to date and his leadership skills will bring a much-needed reassurance to the back four.

Danny Murphy, who captained Fulham under Hodgson, explains how the former England manager made the Whites hard to beat despite not winning any of his first nine games in charge at Craven Cottage.

“It took time,” Murphy revealed. “We were really lacking confidence in the bottom three. He brought a couple of reinforcements in and worked long hours on the training pitch.

“But he gave us the freedom to play, a little bit more than we were at the time and he set us up to be hard to beat. We grew in confidence. I don't think we won until about the ninth game of his tenure!”

However, despite a slow start Murphy admits Hodgson was more concerned with raising performance levels and building confidence throughout the team.

“It wasn't a worry for him about that initially,” Murphy continued. “It was about the level of performance. Making sure we were getting better and building confidence. We had Bryan McBride and Jimmy Bullard returning to full fitness, they were two huge players for us.

And while Hodgson's reign didn't get off to the best of starts against the Saints, Murphy remains confident that the 70-year-old can have a positive effect at Selhurst Park.

“He was meticulous,” Murphy explained. “Everybody knew their job. But not meticulous enough to stop us from expressing ourselves in the final third.

“I'm really positive for Palace with him there. I think long-term he'll have a good effect. He is a very good communicator with the whole squad; he listens to problems and his door is always open.

“When I say honest, people will think every manager should be honest, but he will tell you straight whether it is good or bad. Some managers will sugarcoat things to keep you happy, but he doesn't do that. He has got a real honesty about him and players all speak highly of him.

“I think Palace are in safe hands – the next few games are tough, but after that we can judge him.”

Judgements will most certainly be made if Hodgson fails to live up to his admirable track record.

A staggering 19 years after leaving Blackburn in 1998, he returned as a shock replacement for Lawrie Sanchez at relegation-threatened Fulham – it was an inspired choice.

A shrewd operator in the transfer market, Hodgson swooped to sign centre-half Brede Hangeland in January before a run of four wins in their final five games completed the most unlikely of escapes.

But perhaps even more impressively, the former England boss was able to establish the Cottagers as a force in English football in such a short space of time thereafter.

The 2009/10 season saw Fulham finish seventh, with the best defence outside the top three, and the following campaign brought a thrilling run to the final of the Europa League where they were finally halted by Atlético Madrid.

The LMA Manager of the Year prize soon followed as Hodgson pulled down the curtain on a remarkable few years on the banks of the River Thames.

A disastrous spell on Merseyside soon followed, as Hodgson lasted just 31 games in charge of Liverpool before reverting back to old tricks.

West Bromwich Albion's latest attempt to avoid the drop had hit the proverbial buffers and the former Internazionale boss was drafted in to carry out the second part of his great escape act.

With Albion hoovering just two points above the drop when Hodgson took charge, they would go on to lose just twice more scrambling to an unlikely 11th-place finish.

Experience and the years have not dulled his insatiable appetite for the game is not purely down to guiding teams away from relegation trouble though.

However, his track record would suggest that his ability to galvanise a squad of struggling players is one of his main traits.

If the Eagles are to overturn their early season woes they will be indebted to Hodgson's assured man-management and tactical awareness that has served him so greatly in the past.

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