Although Dutchman De Boer presided over four successive losses, Hodgson's arrival has been greeted by a mixed response from Palace fans, many of whom appreciated the club trying something different in a bid to improve entertainment levels in south London.
Wilshere was a key man for Hodgson during his time in charge of the Three Lions and was part of the squads that played under the seventy year old at both the World Cup finals in Brazil and the European Championships in France two years later. I was heartened by what I saw in the Burnley game last week. He told the official Palace website: "This is very much the club of my boyhood, and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories".
"I am happy to be working with the team and I am hopeful and enthusiastic about what we can achieve. 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", he said.
But Hodgson, the oldest manager appointed to a Premier League position, insisted the Eagles could bounce back from their woeful start to the season and remain in the Premier League.
"Careers are defined by small moments", Hodgson said. We've had a bad start and we've handicapped ourselves by not taking any points from the first four games. Very confident. I will not fulfill this task if I do not believe in the opportunities we have. "So, the least I can hope for is that we can recreate that tomorrow". Leagues aren't won at the end of September and teams aren't relegated at the end of September. "It was a four-year period; one I look back on with satisfaction on a lot of things".
"That was a chapter in my life and that chapter has now finished and focus on the next one".