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Pape Souaré: ‘I didn’t know when the pain would stop but I didn’t want to give up’

A year on from the car crash that broke his leg and his jaw and could have ended his career, the Crystal Palace defender is on the verge of a remarkable return to the first team

Pape Souaré remembers wincing in disbelief as the car swerved out in front of him and, a split second later, the sickening crunch as his Mercedes G63 collided at speed with the central reservation. But it was only once the dust from the deployed airbags had settled and he slowly became aware of his surroundings, his ears ringing and senses numbed by shock, that the fear truly kicked in.

His right leg was trapped, the driver’s door of his mangled vehicle having folded itself inwards on impact and pinned him to his seat. Another commuter on the M4, who had witnessed the crash that sunny afternoon a little over a year ago, had pulled over and was urging the injured footballer, as calmly as he could, to focus. “He kept saying my name, which surprised me. I didn’t understand how he knew my name,” recalls Souaré. “He was telling me: ‘Stay with me, stay with me.’ I was really listening to him, waiting and waiting, and I couldn’t move or do anything.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Bournemouth get some return from £15m Ibe, Chelsea lack plan B without Diego Costa, Burnley are not long-ball side and Jamaal Lascelles has grown up fast

Manchester City and Manchester United have goal differences of +14 after five matches. That is more than Celtic in the Scottish Premier League, a division routinely mocked for being uncompetitive. If the Manchester clubs carry on winning by the margins they have enjoyed so far, then they will surpass the Premier League’s record goal difference (+71 racked up by Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in 2009-10), the best ever mustered by Celtic (+80), the New Saints in Wales (+75) and the preposterous Ligue 1 record set by Paris Saint-Germain two years ago (+83). Of course that is a big ‘if’ because there is a small clutch of teams who could frustrate or even beat them. But United and, in particular, City are likely to ridicule many opponents this season. City beat United to the 2012 title on goal difference (+64 against +56); for José Mourinho there would surely be no sweeter way to prevail over Pep Guardiola this season. Paul Doyle

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Roy Hodgson plays patience principle at Crystal Palace with history on his side | Paul MacInnes

Southampton ensure former England manager was unable to stop the rot in first game in charge but he points to past club escapes and urges fans to stay with him

There is always a touch of pathos about Roy Hodgson. It could be his hangdog expression. Maybe it is the way he insists on being gentlemanly in an age of turbo-charged egotists. Or perhaps the low points in his career – Liverpool, England – seem somehow to conform to the stereotype; nice guy but out of his depth at the top.

Hodgson was welcomed with polite applause by the Crystal Palace fans before the match against Southampton and got the same response after their defeat. As he first walked to the dugout he was embraced by Pete the Eagle in a slightly awkward clinch. The cameras, of which there were many at Selhurst Park, caught him in trademark head-in-hands mode after Steven Davis turned home the only goal in the sixth minute. Later they caught him doing that thing with his finger on his lips as he considered how to improve his team’s prospects. So far, so Roy.

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Roy Hodgson fears more pain ahead for Palace after disappointing homecoming

• ‘Anxiety there for all to see’ in 1-0 loss to Southampton, says Hodgson
• New Eagles manager aiming to stop players ‘digging themselves into a grave’

Roy Hodgson described defeat in his first match as Crystal Palace manager as a painful experience and said his principal task is to prevent his players “digging themselves into a grave”. Palace find themselves rooted to the bottom of the Premier League on the back of no wins and no goals in the opening five fixtures of the campaign – a top-flight record – and they now face a daunting set of fixtures.

Steven Davis’s sixth-minute goal condemned Palace to a deserved 1-0 loss to Southampton and ruined Hodgson’s homecoming after the Croydon-born 70-year-old had been appointed Frank de Boer’s successor as manager at the start of last week. The hosts displayed plenty of endeavour but once again lacked quality and assurance in attacking areas. Their last league goal was scored by Patrick van Aanholt in a 4-0 home victory against Hull on 14 May in their penultimate match of the season and their hopes of maintaining their top-flight status, having achieved promotion in 2013, are already beginning to look bleak. They now face successive trips to the Manchester clubs before a visit from Chelsea.

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Steven Davis spoils Roy Hodgson’s big day as Crystal Palace lose again

Some 446 days after the trauma of Nice, after he was left grey with despair and humiliation by England’s defeat to Iceland, management continues to be a bruising experience for Roy Hodgson. This was meant to be his glorious homecoming, the son of a Croydon bus driver returning to his boyhood club and immediately kick-starting a recovering campaign. Instead it ended in Crystal Palace becoming the first the club in top-flight history to lose their opening five league games without scoring.

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Crystal Palace v Southampton: Premier League – live!

11.45am BST

It’s not quite a case of If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It for Palace. But they did play pretty well at Burnley last Sunday, without reward, so there’s only one change to their starting XI. Lee Chung-Yong, whose poor early backpass sealed Frank de Boer’s fate, and ushered in the Hodgson Era, loses his place to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Saints by contrast ring the changes, having gone down miserably at home to Watford last week. Out go Jack Stephens, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal and Manolo Gabbiadini. In come Maya Yoshida, Mario Lemina, Dusan Tadic and Shane Long. And who’s that on the bench? Why, it’s only

Liverpool’s
Virgil van Dijk, ready to be reintegrated away from the white-hot heat of St Mary’s.

11.32am BST

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Schlupp, McArthur, Cabaye, Puncheon, Townsend, Benteke, Loftus-Cheek.
Subs: Speroni, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Tomkins, Lee, Sako, Kelly.

Southampton: Forster, Cedric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Tadic, Davis, Redmond, Long.
Subs: Stephens, McCarthy, Ward-Prowse, van Dijk, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Targett.

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Roy Hodgson returns refreshed to his Crystal Palace roots

The former England manager, now aged 70, is looking forward to the challenge of keeping his new club in the Premier League

Roy Hodgson was as polite as ever and even offered his response through a chuckle but, as his first media conference back in club management stretched beyond the half-hour, it was easy to pinpoint the moment his patience snapped. The drip-feed of references to Nice, Iceland and a night he would rather forget had been incessant. He had already admitted that “careers are defined by small moments and nothing I can say or do will change that”. He had even conceded that he had dared to re-watch the panic gripping in the Allianz Riviera “but not for about 14 months, and I certainly don’t intend to watch it back again now”.

It was only when he was asked what his impressions had been as he re-viewed that ignominious departure from Euro 2016 unfurl on his television screen, his audience pushing for one last glimpse of colour or lingering reflection, that the shutters came down. Enough was enough. “Look, I’m not interested in Iceland,” said Hodgson through a smile that betrayed a hint of underlying exasperation. “We’re going back down a route which I’ve said, reasonably politely, is a past chapter. Who cares? You might. There might be people up in Carlisle who’d like to know that. But at the moment I’m south London. I’m here in Beckenham. A lot of the Crystal Palace fans who will be reading this, the ones who interest me most of all, will want to know what Roy Hodgson is saying about Crystal Palace. What is he saying about the job? About our team? That Iceland game has gone and has no relevance to my work now.”

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Crystal Palace v Southampton: match preview

The last time Southampton visited Selhurst Park they had confronted a Crystal Palace team managed by Alan Pardew and hurting from a six-game losing run. Fraser Forster gifted the hosts an early goal and the home manager gleaned breathing space, albeit for only three weeks. Now, with Pardew, Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer gone, Roy Hodgson will seek a result just as emphatic. Mauricio Pellegrino had been courted by Palace over the summer only to end up at St Mary’s. Given the upheaval of the last week, he may not know what to expect in south London. Dominic Fifield

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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Can Roy Hodgson’s meat and potatoes approach nourish Palace, will Alexis Sánchez regain centre stage for Arsenal and might Watford go top?

Following the fiasco of Frank de Boer’s short reign at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson takes charge of a Crystal Palace team who have already suffered four scoreless defeats in as many Premier League matches. With trips to Manchester City, Manchester United and a home match against Chelsea to follow the game against Southampton, the importance of getting a morale-boosting result against comparatively easy opposition cannot be overstated and the manner in which Hodgson approaches this match will give Palace fans some idea what to expect in the months ahead. Quite how instant an impact he’ll have is open to question, considering that his former charge Simon Davies once said Hodgson had taken more than two years to “convert” Fulham’s players to methods that eventually got them to the 2010 Europa League final. Very recent history suggests he won’t get that kind of time at Palace. While we all know what atrocities they are capable of at their worst, at their best Hodgson’s teams work hard to maintain a solid shape that renders them difficult to break down, the stuff of relentless, presumably tedious but effective training ground drills. “Every day in training is geared towards team shape,” said Davies back then. “I’ve been working with the manager three seasons now and every day is team shape, and it shows.” While this meat-and-potatoes approach that has served Hodgson with varying degrees of success is unlikely to get Palace’s players or their supporters too excited, if it yields better results than De Boer’s methods it will do for now. BG

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Hire and fire culture does football no favours – just ask my dad | Liam Rosenior

My dad and Frank De Boer had similar experiences at Brentford and Crystal Palace, and a manager transfer window could change the three games from the sack environment that is inhibiting coaches’ development across the board

My dad laughs about it now but having his name against the record for the shortest managerial reign is no joke. I very much doubt Frank De Boer, having been sacked by Crystal Palace after four games in charge, is feeling too jovial either.

For those who don’t remember, Leroy Rosenior was holding his press conference on returning to Torquay United for a second spell while behind the scenes the club had been bought by new owners. He was fired later that day and even now people ask him incredulously: ‘Aren’t you the guy who got a job and the sack on the same day?’ He smiles and nods but I’ve seen the toll it takes when a proud and hard-working football man is humiliated by people who promise you the world and then throw you off the deep end when it suits them.

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Sweat, repetition and ruthlessness: why Roy Hodgson could be perfect for Palace | Stuart James

The methods employed by Hodgson at West Brom in his most recent club job indicate what lies in store for Crystal Palace. Those who worked with the manager at the Hawthorns explain the secrets of his success there

When West Bromwich Albion players think back to the early days under Roy Hodgson, the memories that stick in the mind are of the shift in the intensity of their work on the training ground, the way they returned to the dressing rooms exhausted, and how their new manager never missed a trick. “I can see you’re walking, you’re not doing it,” was one of Hodgson’s favourite phrases as he worked time and again on team shape.

Albion was Hodgson’s last job in club management, before he left to take the England position back in 2012, and the short but sweet spell that he spent in charge at the Hawthorns provides a reasonable barometer for what to expect at Crystal Palace, where the 70-year-old is working at a club operating at a similar level and faced with some of the same challenges that confronted him in the Midlands.

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Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to join Crystal Palace?

Today’s tell-all is getting kind of hectic

Having failed to back Frank de Boer in the transfer market before handing him his P45 after just 77 days in charge, Crystal Palace are ready to give his replacement £40m to bolster his squad in the January window, say the Daily Star. Roy Hodgson is Palace’s seventh permanent manager since 2012 and last stood in a technical area watching England lose to Iceland at Euro 2016. He is already being linked with one of the players who served him so well on that fateful night in Nice.

A half-time substitute in that particular humiliation, Jack Wilshere was yesterday linked with a January move to Fenerbahce, but speculation today suggests he may stay closer to home and sign for Palace instead. If Wilshere remains on the fringes of an Arsenal side in which he is expected to feature against Cologne this evening, Hodgson could make a move for a player he capped 29 times for England.

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Frank de Boer left Crystal Palace after 77 days. Dave Bassett didn’t make 77 hours

Frank de Boer didn’t win a league game in his short tenure at Selhurst Park. Back in 1984, Dave Bassett didn’t stick around long enough to see the team play

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Dave Bassett’s stock was on the rise in the summer of 1984. After guiding Wimbledon to the Fourth Division title with 98 points in the 1982-83 season, he had just led them to a second consecutive promotion. His style of play may not have been to the taste of the football purists but, with the club jumping up to the Second Division, the ends definitely justified the means.

Attention from Football League clubs up and down the country was inevitable and in May 1984 a vacancy opened up that tested Bassett’s loyalty to the Dons. Crystal Palace chairman Ron Noades thought his squad was “good enough to have finished in the top eight” but he had just watched manager Alan Mullery produce 15th- and 18th-placed finishes in the Second Division. With average attendances dropping, Noades decided to wield the axe.

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Crystal Palace confirm Roy Hodgson as manager on two-year contract

• Hodgson takes over from Frank de Boer, who was sacked on Monday
• Former England manager to get significant bonus if Palace stay up

Roy Hodgson has admitted he did not want his 40-year coaching career to end on the sour note of England’s humiliating defeat against Iceland at Euro 2016 after taking up the reins back at his first club, Crystal Palace, in the Premier League.

The former national manager will oversee his first training session at Palace’s Beckenham training ground on Wednesday after signing a two-year contract to succeed Frank de Boer. The Dutchman was sacked this week after only 77 days and four top-flight games in charge, with all of those matches lost without a goal scored en route to leave Palace propping up the Premier League with a daunting run of fixtures ahead.

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Farewell Total Croydon, but which Roy Hodgson will Crystal Palace get? | Barney Ronay

The former England manager, now 70, will be desperate to erase memories of Euro 2016 and will look to imitate the simpler days of West Brom and Fulham

Welcome back, then, Roy. And rejoice Croydon, for he has returned. The news that Crystal Palace will turn to Roy Hodgson to replace the departed Frank de Boer is perhaps unsurprising given the background noises of the past few months. For all that there will still be a tendency to roll the eyes, to mock the sudden shift in footballing direction – from the Ajax Way to Purley Way – and to point out that Hodgson is 70 and hasn’t had a club job in five years.

This is undoubtedly a little unfair. In isolation Hodgson to Palace makes plenty of short-term sense. Plus it would be foolish to underestimate Hodgson’s determination to prove a point, his popularity with players and his vast experience. And yet there is no escaping the wider sense of dissonance here. Even in a league defined by its habit of vacillating comically between methodologies and personnel, the lurch from De Boer to Hodgson is one of the more bizarrely abrupt about-turns in Premier League history.

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Crystal Palace revert to short-term policy after ditching Frank de Boer experiment | Dominic Fifield

The Dutchman was hired by Steve Parish to implement a new style but was never given the time or the tools to succeed in an unforgiving league

Steve Parish had taken to Twitter on Sunday night on the way back from Burnley and his team’s latest scoreless defeat. There were irate supporters to address and plenty of disgruntled fans pointing fingers at a board who, up to now, have been relatively immune to criticism given their achievements in hoisting Crystal Palace from the second tier. The chairman’s responses verged on the defiant, from “football teams lose games” to “we know we are better than this”. In among the series of tweets, too, was one suggesting “we have to stick together”.

As it transpired that call for unity, echoed by first-team players on social media, did not extend to the relationship between hierarchy and manager. After a night contemplating what happens next, Palace confirmed Frank de Boer’s tenure would not extend beyond the 11-week mark, provoking an understandable wave of bewilderment from those on the outside looking in.

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Crystal Palace to appoint Roy Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer

• Hodgson will be appointed as new Palace manager on Monday
• De Boer dismissed after four defeats in four Premier League matches

Roy Hodgson will be appointed as Crystal Palace’s manager on Monday to replace Frank de Boer, who has been sacked 10 weeks after he took over from Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park.

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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Brighton provide perfect response, Everton are embarrassed, Liverpool have concerns beyond defence and Rafael Benítez sees progress from afar

Eddie Howe has worked wonders in overseeing Bournemouth’s exhilarating rise but his present task looks rather less attractive. They have yet to win a point and, while a defeat at the Emirates Stadium is not cause for concern on its own, the warning signs are stacking up. On Saturday they lacked initiative, invention, power and presence; it was a non-event of a display and it clearly bothered Howe, whose team have looked flat in all bar the late reverse against Manchester City. “I’m worried by the performance,” he said. “The four performances we’ve had, I’d accept one of them. I won’t accept three of them. That’s a pretty damning verdict, so I have to do better to solve the issues we have and make sure we put on better displays in the future.” Friday’s home meeting against Brighton already looks significant and Howe was clear in stating points need to start coming soon. If nothing else, the return of the rhythm and tempo that used to characterise their play would be a step in the right direction. Nick Ames

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