Crystal Palace have received criticism from around the football world for their managerial situation has been handled. A year earlier he had inspired them, as he did similarly relegation-threatened Fulham in 2007-08, to survival.
Parish referred to welcoming Hodgson, born and raised in Croydon, to the club and stressed the need for unity with Palace facing a hard run of fixtures that includes two consecutive away games against the Manchester clubs and a home fixture versus Chelsea.
Hodgson has wasted no time changing things up behind the scenes, releasing assistant manager Sammy Lee from his duties.
It was a bad start for Croydon-born Hodgson, and with league games against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea coming next, there is no obvious prospect of things improving in the near future.
"You can always get off to a bad start, (but) what we've got to remember is our fate will be decided after 38 games, not four".
The 70-year-old is preparing his team to face Southampton at Selhurst Park on Saturday, 15 months after resigning as England boss when sent packing from Euro 2016 by minnows Iceland.
Wilshere appeared as a substitute this evening in Arsenal's 3-1 win over FC Koln in the Europa League. "You could see today that Crystal Palace were good", he told BBC Sport.
Davis was soon involved again when his cross was headed over by Shane Long, but Palace began to come back and should have levelled when, with just over a quarter of an hour played, Benteke failed to connect cleanly with a chance and Fraser Forster parried.
Sportsmail understands Hodgson has all but agreed a two-year deal at Selhurst Park and will take his first training session on Wednesday.
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