Ian Wright explains why Crystal Palace have made a rod for their own backs

BT Sport pundit Ian Wright looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England.

Ian Wright has been discussing the situation at his former club Crystal Palace after the appointment of Roy Hodgson.

Roy Hodgson looks on during a Melbourne City A-League training session at City Football Academy on April 19, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

Former England boss Hodgson is back at his hometown club where he started his career as an academy player.

At 70-years-old Hodgson becomes the oldest manager to land a Premier League job.

It follows Crystal Palace's decision to sack Dutch legend Frank de Boer after just four games - a new record which has invited criticism from across football.

De Boer paid the price for overseeing a dreadful start which also saw the South Londoners record another unwelcome statistic of being the first club to failed to score in the first four matches since 1925.

Frank de Boer, Manager of Crytal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park on August 12, 2017 in London, England.

But former Eagles striker Wright told Sky Sports' The Debate that Palace's hasty decision to sack de Boer could have made a rod for their own back.

"It's blatantly obvious to everybody who's on the outside looking in that it is very unfair, of course it is," Wright told The Debate.

"I personally would be devastated and he's probably devastated.

"They're taking a massive chance (appointing Hodgson) that's for sure especially with the games that are coming up.

BT Sport pundit Ian Wright looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England.

"He's going to have to hit the ground running because the first thing people are going to say is 'So if he loses these four are they going to sack him as well?' because they've set a precedent.

"They need to get a result against Southampton."

Wright makes a salient point given the daunting fixture list which greets Hodgson.

After Southampton the Eagles face consecutive away games against Manchester City and Manchester United before a home game against champions Chelsea.

Lose to the Saints and things would really start to look bleak for the South Londoners.

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