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Palace 'consider SACKING Hodgson' but top candidates 'reluctant to take over'

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CRYSTAL PALACE are considering sacking Roy Hodgson, according to reports.

The Palace boss has come under fire at various points during the season but won key games against Brentford and Sheffield United to save his job.

Crystal Palace are considering sacking Roy Hodgson

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Crystal Palace are considering sacking Roy HodgsonCredit: Getty

But he is now under pressure once again after overseeing a 4-1 defeat to rivals Brighton, report The Guardian.

Hodgson could have been sacked following the 5-0 defeat to Arsenal but Palace are stalling.

It is believed that is because their preferred candidates – Steve Cooper and Julen Lopetegui – are reluctant to take over.

Both managers are out of work and Cooper has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park for several weeks, particularly since he was sacked by Nottingham Forest.

However both bosses are said to be hesitant about taking over because of Palace’s busy schedule, which would give them little time to prepare the team.

Palace owner John Textor is understood to support a change in manager but he has not spoken to Parish since the Brighton loss.

Hodgson, 76, also came under fire for his decision to bring on Michael Olise, with the winger lasting just 11 minutes on the pitch as injury forced him off.

The former England boss defended that decision and insisted he has the determination to continue as manager.

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He said: “Taunts from supporters are part and parcel of our lives and, at the moment, our own fans are not happy with the way things are going so they’re making their feelings known.

“But I signed up to be the manager of this club and I’ve got the strength, resilience and determination to see things through.

“I’m certainly not going to be cowed by that sort of thing and I’m certainly not going to give you the satisfaction of saying I’m hurt by that kind of thing because it’s pretty obvious.

“Everyone wants to be liked, praised and told they’re the best. When that doesn’t happen, yes, it’s a little bit hurtful.”

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