Roy Hodgson is to step down as Crystal Palace manager at the end of the season, the club announced on Tuesday. The 73-year-old will bring the curtain down on his four-year spell at his boyhood club against one of his former sides, Liverpool, on Sunday. The former England manager’s contract was once because of expire in the near season after another crusade in which he maintained Palace’s Premier League status. “After more than 45 years of coaching, I have determined that the time is correct for me to step absent from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football,” Hodgson said in a commentary.
“So our last two matches will be my final ones as manager of Crystal Palace.
“It’s been a especially rewarding period of my football life and career to have been in a position to spend these final four seasons with Palace.”
Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been mentioned in the media as a potential replacement for Hodgson at Palace.
Palace fans will recall Hodgson’s first season in charge with specific affection.
He was once appointed early in the 2017-18 crusade, Palace were pointless and had failed to score right through their opening four league games after a disastrous start to life under Frank De Boer.
The former Inter Milan and Switzerland manager looked to have an insurmountable task when the Eagles missing their first three games under him.
Alternatively, he engineered an astonishing revival which saw them maintain their elite status, eventually finishing 11th in the table.
It was once the first time in Premier League history a team had stayed up in the top flight after losing their first seven games (itself a Premier League record).
‘Give us stability’
They’re right now enjoying their longest consecutive spell in the top flight — they have got been in the EPL since the 2013/14 season.
“It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager,” said Palace chairman Steve Parrish.
“I understand how much it has meant to Roy managing the club he supported as a child.
“His record with us simply cannot be overstated, he’s the only Palace manager to safe four years in the Premier League and he has helped give us stability in the most turbulent of times.”
Hodgson is a much respected coach despite low points with Liverpool and in the end England.
He resigned after England missing to minnows Iceland in the Final 16 conflict at Euro 2016 — following a first round exit at the 2014 World Cup.
Alternatively, he has worked wonders with mid-level teams.
He built his repute firstly with Malmo in Sweden and then taking Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup and Euro 96.
After a rebuilding job with Inter Milan and further league title glory with Copenhagen, Fulham offered Hodgson the chance to spice up his repute in England in 2007 and he enjoyed a memorable three years there taking them to the 2010 Europa League last.
Another successful survival battle at West Brom secured him the England job when Fabio Capello walked out prior to Euro 2012.
The England job was once expected to be his final but the temptation to administer a club so near to his heart proved too much.
He departs Palace with the record of being the oldest person to ever manage in the Premier League.
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