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Crystal Palace boss Hodgson insists no plans for squad overhaul

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson insists there's no plans for a squad overhaul.

Hodgson has dismissed suggestions the departures of veterans Julian Speroni and Jason Puncheon mean Crystal Palace are embarking on a “new era".

He said: “This isn't a question of regime change or a new era dawning. We're looking next season to keep the nucleus of what we think is a good team and hopefully add to it because we know that staying in the league… it's been a fight and a struggle and we need to make sure we're as well-equipped as can be.

“We've still got quite a few experienced players, quite a few who've been at the club a good number of years; certainly leaders like Luka Milivojevic and Mamadou Sakho. Although they haven't been here 15 years, they've been here long enough to take on that mantle, so I'm not concerned about that.

Scott Dann's another who's quite prepared to take on those leadership qualities so we're OK, which isn't trying to decry the fact that 21 years of experience and passion for wearing the red and blue of Crystal Palace can't be replaced in a heartbeat, and I don't think we'll try."

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