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Fulham’s Ranieri decision saddens Crystal Palace boss Hodgson

Fulham’s decision to sack Claudio Ranieri has left Roy Hodgson feeling ‘sad’, saying that he had ‘a lot of empathy’ for the now departed Italian.

Ranieri’s third stint in the Premier League came to a halt yesterday after just 106 days in charge at Craven Cottage, after he was unable to turn around the clubs fortunes or rectify what has become the leakiest defeat in the league.

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Despite their future looking to be in the Championship, former Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was left saddened by the Cottagers decision to end the Italian’s brief tenure at the club.

“Fulham are a club very close to my heart,” said the Crystal Palace manager at the London Football Awards. “I had two-and-a-half wonderful years there and it’s sad to see they’ve taken this type of decision.

“I feel a lot of empathy with Claudio Ranieri. He came in to do the job that was asked of him and has done it with great dignity.

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“Obviously it has been hard for him to turn around results which were not there in the first place when he came.

“They’ve had two very good coaches in [Slavisa] Jokanovic and Ranieri and lost them both. I suppose they’ll have to look for a third one.

“My sympathy is always with the manager in that situation because I’m 100 per cent certain Ranieri has done nothing professionally to deserve it.”

During his time at Fulham, Hodgson steered Fulham to a seventh-placed finish in his first full season at the club, before embarking on a run to the Europa League final, where they would be defeated by Atletico Madrid.

Last week, Hodgson became the oldest manager to ever manage a Premier League game, with the 71-year-old overtaking the late Bobby Robson.

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