Crystal Palace have announced Roy Hodgson will leave the club at the end of the season and the veteran boss has said he will no longer be successful in the top flight.
The current terms of the 73-year-old deal will expire this summer and he will leave Selhurst Park after the campaign’s final game against Liverpool on Sunday.
Hodgson, who started as a manager in 1976 with Halmstad in Sweden, has overseen high-level stability since being called up by the Eagles in September 2017 and helped Palace become an established member of the Premier League.
“After more than 45 years of coaching, I have decided that now is the time for me to step away from the rigors of top-level football in the Premier League, so our last two games will be my last as manager of Crystal Palace, ”Hodgson mentioned.
“It has been a particularly rewarding period in my life and in my football career to have been able to spend the last four seasons with Palace. I now feel that at the end of another successful season, in which we have obtained our Premier League status, the time is right for me to step down from my responsibilities as a full-time manager.
“I have had so much support from my wife and family throughout my career and have been pondering this decision for quite some time, and now I believe the time has come to consider them and see what l future holds for me.
When Hodgson was named at the start of the 2017-18 campaign, Palace was useless and had failed to score in their first four league games after a disastrous start to life under Frank De Boer.
Safety for the Premier League was finally ensured and 11th, 12th and 14th places followed to help the club enjoy their longest consecutive top flight, with another mid-table finish to be confirmed.
President Steve Parish said: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an exceptional football coach. I know how much management has meant to Roy. from the club he supported in his childhood, adding to his distinguished and unprecedented career in football management.
It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager. There hasn’t been a week that I haven’t learned anything from him. I’m so glad we can give him the shipment he deserves tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/AoF3sIpAkI
– Steve Parish (@ CEO4TAG) May 18, 2021
“His record with us just cannot be overstated, he is the only Palace manager to have achieved four years in the Premier League and he has helped give us stability in the most turbulent times. We will be forever grateful for his immense contribution and I am delighted to have the opportunity to show our appreciation at Selhurst Park after the Arsenal game, alongside 6,500 supporters.
“Roy will be leaving us after our last Premier League game of the season with our huge thanks for his incredible contribution to our club and with our best wishes for the future.”
Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche and Frank Lampard are among those linked to the soon-to-be vacant position at Selhurst Park, with hopes that Hodgson’s successor can tap into the club’s talented youth and lower the average age of the club. squad.
For former England manager Hodgson it will be a step into uncharted territory after the final game of the season at Liverpool on 23 May.
The Croydon native has practically worked since taking up the post at Halmstad in 1976 and has been very successful in the following years.
Seven titles from Allsvenskan were won during his trophy-laden stint in Sweden, five with Malmö, and international recognition followed when he guided Switzerland to US 94 and Euro 96, their two first major tournaments since the 1996 World Cup.
After rebuilding work with Inter Milan and new league glory with Copenhagen, Fulham offered Hodgson the chance to strengthen his reputation in England in 2007 and he spent three memorable years at Craven Cottage.
While the job at Liverpool proved to be a low point, another successful battle for survival at West Brom saw the Londoner run his country, but a respectable performance at Euro 2012 was quickly forgotten when England came on. suffered a painful exit from the World Cup group stage in Brazil two years ago. later.
Hodgson turned the tide again and the introduction of several youngsters and a 100% qualifying campaign boosted morale ahead of Euro 2016, but a 2-1 loss to Iceland saw the experienced boss leave the international scene in embarrassing circumstances.
It was expected to be Hodgson’s last role in management, but, tempted to return to work by his childhood club, the 73-year-old brought stability to Selhurst Park and will leave Palace with the record to be the oldest person to ever make it in the Premier League.