Veteran manager Roy Hodgson is set to step down as Crystal Palace head coach at the end of the season, the 73-year-old confirmed in an announcement. Hodgson, who started out as a manager in 1976 with Halmstad in Sweden and joined Palace in September 2017, will depart Selhurst Park and top flight football after the final match of the campaign against Liverpool at Anfield.
“After more than 45 years of coaching I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigors of top-flight Premier League football,” the league’s oldest-ever manager said. “It’s been a particularly rewarding period of my football life and career to have been able to spend these last four seasons with Palace. Follow us for more EPL predictions, news and updates.
Before Palace, Hodgson managed the likes of Inter Milan, Malmo, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, the Swiss national team, and England. He also took England to the Euro 2012 Championship and the 2014 World Cup finals but left after his side were knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland. He helped Palace become an established member of the Premier League.
While Hodgson has won no silverware in England, Hodgson led Palace to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals and won a club-record 49 points. “I feel now that at the end of another successful season, in which we have secured our Premier League status, the moment is right for me to step down from my responsibilities of being a full-time manager,” Hodgson added.
Last season, Palace suffered a very difficult season under Hodgson, scoring only 31 goals in 38 matches but still avoiding relegation by finishing 14th. Palace, who currently sit 13th in the Premier League, will host Arsenal before wrapping up their campaign at Anfield. “I have really enjoyed my time at Palace, I have been privileged to work with an outstanding group of professional and dedicated players,” he said.
In a statement, Palace chairman Steve Parish paid tribute to Hodgson’s stills in Selhurst Park. “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager,” Parish said. “His record with us simply cannot be overstated, he is the only Palace manager to secure four years in the Premier League and he has helped give us stability in the most turbulent of times. We’ll be forever grateful for his immense contribution.”
The 42-year-old former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is one of the early favorites to be named as Hodgson’s successor. Burnley’s Sean Dyche also has his admirers in the Palace boardroom. Dyche expects to hold contract talks with Burnley. “I’m sure over the coming weeks they will be speaking to me,” he said on Tuesday. “They’ve certainly mentioned that they want to.”
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