• Roy Hodgson and Mark Schwarzer embrace after the Europa League final (AFP)
Mark Schwarzer has thrown his weight behind new Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, recalling a similar time when he elevated Fulham to the top echelons of European football.
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SBS The World Game

13 Sep 2017 - 2:55 PM  UPDATED 13 Sep 2017 - 2:55 PM

Schwarzer played under the journeyman manager Hodgson for two years at Fulham, a spell which included an unlikely run to the Europa League Final.

They lost to Atletico Madrid in the final, but it was regarded as an historic acheivement by many and Schwarzer was clearly impressed with Hodgson during the spell. Writing for the Daily Mail in defence of his former manager, he drew a number of comparisons between that time and his success at Fulham.

"I can see similarities in what Roy did while at Fulham to how he will go about getting Palace out of trouble," wrote Schwarzer.

"I also see similarities in the way his appointment is being greeted. I have seen criticism already. Back then he was written off too. He was coming from abroad and people had said he was never going to get another chance at the Premier League after Blackburn."

Schwarzer described the hands-on approach of Hodgson, often leading training and implementing his own structure and style of play. 

"Roy took 95 per cent of the training sessions on the pitch and I can't imagine that will have changed, even at 70. He is not one to just sit on the sidelines and bark out instructions. "

A lot of football fans both Crystal Palace supporters and neutrals, were bemused at the sacking of Frank de Boer after only four games in charge as manager, even more with the announcement of Hodgson as manager after a poor stints in charge of the England national team and Liverpool in recent years.

Schwarzer defended his old boss, citing the good performances which had seen him propelled into these coveted jobs.

"We had great success at Fulham and though his time at Liverpool didn't quite work out he was excellent again at West Brom. 

"Right now the size and expectations of Palace are similar to those clubs and with his methods I believe Roy will slot in really quickly.

"I am not saying they will get instant results but it will be sooner rather than later. I think he is a perfect fit."