Joe Ledley joins Derby on a free transfer

Derby have signed Wales international midfielder Joe Ledley on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old had been without a club since his release by Crystal Palace at the end of last season and has now joined the Rams on a short-term deal until January.

Ledley, who has made 507 career appearances and scored 64 goals, will be available for Derby’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham on Saturday.

Gary Rowett’s County side currently sit 15th in the table and were thumped 4-1 at Bristol City in their last game.

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Crystal Palace appoint former Liverpool and England manager Roy Hodgson as Frank de Boer’s replacement

Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as their new manager in place of the sacked Frank de Boer.

De Boer departed on Monday, only 77 days into a three-year contract, after Palace became the first team in England’s top division to lose their opening four league fixtures without scoring since Preston 93 years ago.

At 70 years and 34 days old, Hodgson is the oldest man to be appointed as a permanent manager in the Premier League.

Ray Lewington, a former Palace caretaker boss, who worked with Hodgson at England and Fulham, has been named as his assistant.

A new first-team coach will be announced shortly.

Hodgson, who was also approached when Sam Allardyce was appointed to succeed Alan Pardew at Palace in December, takes on his first managerial role since resigning from the England post after Euro 2016.

The 70-year-old last worked in the Premier League with West Brom in 2012 before leaving to become England manager.

A year earlier he had inspired them, as he did similarly relegation-threatened Fulham in 2007-08, to survival.
Between his time at Fulham and West Brom, Hodgson had an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool that lasted only six months.

The Croydon-born Hodgson will be returning to the club with whom he began his playing career in 1965.

He spent three years on Palace’s books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

He will take charge for Palace’s Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday at Selhurst Park.

Palace represent Hodgson’s fifth Premier League appointment of his managerial career, after Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.

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.
“In those days I had dreams of playing for the team, then as a coach you think about coaching the team, and a lot has happened in between times.
“It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential.
“We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fanbase. The ambitions here are realistic, there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.”

Hodgson was adamant his new side can shrug off their dismal start to the season.
He said:

“I don’t honestly believe that there is necessarily a lot that needs to be done.
“You can always get off to a bad start, [but] what we’ve got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four.
“We’ve got to work hard to get back on track but I know that my attitude is shared by the players and it is my job to let them know what I want from them.”

Sacked Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer disappointed with club’s decision

Frank de Boer has spoken of his disappointment after losing his job at Crystal Palace.

The Dutchman lost his job on Monday after four defeats and no goals since taking charge during the summer.

Speaking on his Instagram account, De Boer said:

“Very disappointed about the decision but never the less I want to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support. Good luck for the future.”

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is the favourite to replace De Boer, with an appointment expected possibly within the next 24 hours.

Crystal Palace sack manager Frank de Boer – set to appoint Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace have sacked Frank de Boer after just 77 days as manager, with Roy Hodgson set to replace him at Selhurst Park.

De Boer had received the backing of Palace chairman Steve Parish on Sunday after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat to start the Premier League season wthout scoring any goal, making them the first team in England’s top division to do so without scoring since Preston 93 years ago, but the club confirmed his departure in a statement on Monday.

A club statement read: “Crystal Palace Football Club have this morning parted company with Frank de Boer.
“We would like to thank Frank for his dedication and hard work during his time at the club.
“A new manager will be appointed in due course and we wish Frank the very best of luck for the future.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”

On Saturday they host Southampton before league games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea in the coming weeks. De Boer had overseen losses to Huddersfield, Liverpool and Swansea prior to the latest setback at Turf Moor.

De Boer’s only competitive win came against Ipswich in the Carabao Cup.

His departure from the club follows a similarly short stint at Inter Milan, who sacked him only 85 days after his appointment.

Crystal Palace sign Ajax defender Jairo Reidawald

​Crystal Palace have signed defender Jairo Reidewald from Ajax for a fee of £8m.

Reidewald, who can play centre-half, left-back and in midfield is Palace’s second signing of the summer after Ruben Loftus-Cheek who joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

The move sees the Netherlands international link up with his former Ajax manager Frank de Boer

Reidewald, 20, was handed his Ajax debut by De Boer in 2013 and has been capped three times.

Crystal Palace sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a season-long loan from Chelsea

​Crystal Palace have signed Chelsea and England Under-21 midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old, who has made 32 career appearances for the Blues, is Frank de Boer’s first signing since  taking chargelast month.

“Palace have a very strong team and I’d like to be a part of that this season,” said Loftus-Cheek.

“I live not too far away, I was born in Lewisham and Palace are a good club.”

Loftus-Cheek made three league appearance when Chelsea won the title in 2014-15 and six substitute appearance when they were champions again in 2016-17.

De Boer’s side begin their season with a home fixture against promoted Huddersfield Town on 12 August.

Crystal Palace appoint Frank de Boer as manager 

Frank de Boer has been appointed as Crystal Palace’s new manager on a three-year contract, the club have announced.

The Dutchman, 47, succeeds Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park after the former England boss resigned at the end of last season having kept Palace in the Premier League.

De Boer, who was unveiled at the club’s Beckenham training ground on Monday afternoon becomes the club’s first full-time foreign boss, although Attilio Lombardo had a brief spell in caretaker charge in 1998.

The former Dutch international is confident he can have an impact on the English top flight, having seen his tenure at Inter Milan cut short in November after just 14 matches in charge.

“I am thrilled to be appointed as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club,” de Boer said in a statement. “It is a great honour to take charge of such an historic club, a club that is known around the world for its hugely proud and passionate fan base.

“I had a good feeling about the club and the prospect of managing a team in the Premier league was exciting,” the former Ajax, Barcelona and Rangers defender said at a press conference flanked by Palace chairman Steve Parish.

De Boer is confident he can help Palace look up the table.
“The club can still grow further and further, because every year English clubs spend a lot of money, so it is possible to do something well.

“There is a lot of prospect to be a solid Premier League club,” the Dutch coach said.

“I have to see the players first, but I have my ideas, maybe one or two signings.

“We want to be a solid Premier League club, not a team which struggles for relegation, this is the target.

“If we can do more, then that is nice, but first is to be a very solid Premier League club.

“I have confidence with the team who is around me and the players that we can build a solid club.”
The 47-year-old was previously boss at Ajax, where he won four straight Dutch league titles between 2011 and 2014.
The Dutchman, though, hopes he can last the distance at Selhurst Park.

“I am focusing on this job right now, not what happens in the future, that is unimportant,” he said.

“I am just concerned with making Palace a solid Premier League club.

“I signed for three years, so normally I want to stay for three years, which normally means it is going well.”

EPL results: Final day – Champions Chelsea  cruise on Terry’s farewell match; Arsenal win but miss out of Champions League; Kane nets a hat trick- wins Golden boot

​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

  • Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

Premier League champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to break the Premier League record for wins in a season, as captain John Terry waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge.

With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

Blues legend, Terry, who has spent 22 years at the club but will leave this summer, played 26 minutes after starting his second match in a row and was replaced to a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his team-mates.

Willian’s equaliser  had already cancelled out Javier Manquillo’s third-minute strike by that point, and Eden Hazard and Pedro scored after the break to put the hosts in control.

Substitute Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late double to seal a record-breaking 30th Premier League victory this season.

It was the perfect prelude to the lifting of the trophy after the match and for Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

  • Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

Harry Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season after scoring a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed Hull 7-1 on the final day.

The striker, who netted four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, followed up with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

Dele Alli made it 3-0 before half-time and, after Sam Clucas pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, Spurs finished with a flourish.

Victor Wanyama headed in before Kane completed his hat-trick and Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld scored their first Premier League goals of the season.

Kane wins the Golden Boot award with 29 goals, four more than nearest rival Romelu Lukaku.

And the rout concludes another impressive campaign for Spurs, who finish second behind Chelsea on 86 points with just four defeats and a club-record 26 goals conceded.

Hull, meanwhile, drop to the Championship with uncertainty over the future of Marco Silva, who was serenaded by fans throughout the match in a bid to keep him at the club, with  talks planned next week.

  • Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counters-attacks.

The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a shocking display.

Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.

  • Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

Liverpool secured their Champions League return as their initial nerves turned to jubilation and relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield.

With top-four rivals Arsenal ahead at Everton, Liverpool were impotent in attack and twitchy at the back for most of the first half.

But Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post.

Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable cushion to ride out to full-time.

With Manchester City thrashing Watford, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.

  • ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season.

Arsene Wenger’s side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia. He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger’s future will be made.

  • Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind.

With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

Palace’s best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker’s towering header struck the foot of the post.

Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish – their second successive season outside the top four – while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

  • Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

Southampton” miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond’s lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

The striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel’s side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary’s.

His side end the season eighth, with their lowest points tally since 2012-13, while Stoke finish 13th, their lowest finish since the same season.

  • Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot at the end of Lys Mousset’s driving run.

Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half.

Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani’s blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

The Cherries – who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year – end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.

  • Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

Having secured survival a week earlier, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner.

Swansea improved after the interval and equalised as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club, before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left.

A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.

Whereas the Baggies’ second-half decline was symptomatic of their fading fortunes at the end of the season, Swansea’s late revival was representative of their inspired run-in.

  • Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

West Ham ended their season with an away victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross.

The hosts’ lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes’ shot on to the crossbar.

The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.

Preview: Crystal Palace Vs Manchester City

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Manchester City will look to extend their Premier League winning streak to 11 when they visit Selhurst Park this weekend. Standing in their way is a stubborn Crystal Palace side who managed to defeat Chelsea at the bridge 2 weeks ago. Manchester City’s football has often been a joy to watch, demolishing teams with relative ease and panache. Their impressive form has seen their Chilean manager rewarded with the August Manager of the month award.

Much has been said of Palace’s impressive away record under Alan Pardew but there is a belief and acceptance that their home form has to be better for them to remain closer to the top of the table. Since Pardew swapped Newcstle for Palace, his new side has picked up an average of 2.4 points away from home but just an average of 1.3 points at Selhurst Park.

The London side do not have an encouraging record against City having lost 5 of their 6 Premier League clashes. However, their solitary victory in those 6 games did come in their last meeting at home in April 2015, a game they won 2-1. Manchester City have won 4 straight games away from home and if key players can maintain their top form, they should be confident of extending that run. However, they must be careful against a Palace side brimming with confidence.

Team News

Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye is available for selection after recovering from a knee injury while Julian Speroni is fit again. Marouane Chamakh remains sidelined with injury while Connor Wickham could miss out with injury.

Manchester City

David Silva misses out with an ankle injury sustained on international duty. In his absence, Kevin De Bruyne could be called up for his debut and the expensive signing may be relied upon to produce the creativity which the Spaniard normally brings to the table. Fabian Delph is also ruled out after he pulled his hamstring while playing for England.  Bacary Sagna is fit again.

Preview: Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace

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Jose Mourinho goes into his 200th Premier League game in charge of Chelsea looking to continue his impressive record at the bridge. The Portugese manager has suffered just one home defeat in his first 99 games at Stanford Bridge, winning 76 of those games. After Pedro’s impressive introduction to English football, the doom and gloom of their start to the season can be finally laid to rest against Crystal Palace with another win.

Palace has started the season strongly with 2 wins in 3. Regardless of the result today, they will be encouraged that they have picked up at least 6 points and would have played 2 of last season’s top 4 sides. Pardew’s team have been particularly difficult to beat away from home winning seven of the last nine, with one of two defeats coming at Chelsea.

Their record at Chelsea has been far from perfect having won just twice in their last 21 visits. The last win recorded away at Chelsea was in March 1982. To change this trend, they will look to Zaha, Sako and Bolasie to trouble a Chelsea defence that has looked uncharacteristically leaky this season. The absence of Terry and the unconvincing form of Ivanovic means this may be a far from straight forward for Chelsea

Teams News

Chelsea

Chelsea captain is suspended so Gary Cahill is expected to start alongside Kurt Zouma. Baba Rahman could make his debut while Victor Moses and Oscar are doubts for the game as a result of injuries.

Crystal Palace

Mile Jedinak is ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in the midweek League Cup win over Shresbury. Yannick Bolasie will also take part following the death of his father.

Preview: Crystal Palace Vs Aston Villa

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Zaha contests with Monreal last weekend. Image: Stuart MacFarlane

After opening day victories, Crystal palace and Aston Villa were brought down to earth after suffering defeats in their second league games. Both sides clash hoping to banish memories of defeats they suffered last weekend. Crystal Palace suffered defeat to Arsenal last weekend after matching the Gunners for long spells, before the superior quality of Arsenal eventually showed. Villa, however, were poor against Man United and never really looked like they were going to get anything from the game.

Crystal Palace enjoyed a fine 2014/2015 season following the appointment of Alan Pardew after he decided to leave Newcastle. Their improved performance and league position was mainly due to their ability to pick points away from home. Last season, the London side claimed only six home wins. They will be aiming to improve on that record and possibly make Selhurst Park a fortress and a much more difficult place to visit this season.

Aston Villa is expected by pundits and analysts to struggle this season following the departure of some key players. Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Vlaar have all departed the club while the new signings continue to settle in their new environment. Aston Villa’s recent trips to London do not give too much reason for optimism though. They have only found the back of the net twice in their last 10 visits while Palace have lost just once in the last 6 league meetings between the two sides, claiming 3 wins in those games. Villa opened the season with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth before succumbing to their usual annual defeat to Manchester United. They lacked invention and inspiration at home to United. They will need to produce a better performance against a very difficult Crystal Palace who will fancy their chances against the Birmingham side.

Team News.

Crystal Palace

Bakary Sako could make his debut after missing the Arsenal game. Marouane Chamakh and Julian Speroni remain sidelined due to hamstring and hand injuries respectively.

Aston Villa

Former Barcelona striker Adama Traore is unlikely to start as his manager stated he is short of match fitness. In his absence, Jack Grealish and Carles Gil should be available for selection after recovering from injuries picked up in pre-season.

Preview: Norwich Vs Crystal Palace

Norwich will be looking to win on the opening day for the first time in 13 years as they make their return to the Premier League. They return to the top division following a 2-0 Play off final victory over Middlesbrough. Andre Wisdom and Robbie Brady could both make their debuts for Norwich for the home side who will be hoping for a better performance in the premier league this time around. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have lost their last four season openers.

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Alan Pardew’s side impressed after he took over at the club last season. Their improvement was remarkable and if last season’s premier league had started after he took over, Crystal Palace would have finished 6th. The Canaries have scored exactly once in 10 of their last 12 league games against Palace, failing to score in each of the other two. Palace do have good memories of their recent visits to Carrow Road and have only lost two of their last seven visits and winning three of their last five.

Norwich will know however that of they are to remain in the top division, a lot of it will depend on the ability of Bradley Johnson to replicate his last season Championship form which saw him net 15 goals. No Championship midfielder scored more goals last term than the Norwich midfielder; level with Matt Ritchie and Bakary Sako. Norwich under Alex Niel last season were impressive for long spells and won 68% of their regular season league games under Alex Neil last term.

Team News

Norwich

Youssouf Mulumbu misses out after undergoing an operation on a fractured metatarsal. Martin Olsson and Kyle Lafferty are also unavailable to Alex Neil due to shoulder and knee injuries respectively.

Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are set to make their debuts for Palace, but Julian Speroni is expected to miss the first three games of the season with a finger injury so either Wayne Hennessey or another new signing, Alex McCarthy, will start in goal for the visitors. Marouane Chamakh has a hamstring injury.