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Hodgson delighted Lewington joining him at Crystal Palace

New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is happy to count on Ray Lewington as his No2.

Hodgson says he is delighted to have Lewington alongside him again, having worked with him at Fulham and England in recent years.

"From the Fulham days and the England days – a six and a half year period – we have got to know each other very well – and more importantly he knows how I like to work and how my practices work, and how he can help me to get the best out of the practices," he told eagles.cpfc.co.uk.

"He is a top class coach really, he could easily be a top class manager.

"He is someone I trust and someone I know the players will like, and someone I know is unbelievably diligent and honest, and cares for the club.

"He was the ideal person and I was delighted when he said he would join me."

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