Roy Hodgson steps down as Crystal Palace boss hours before Prem clash vs Everton | Football | Sport

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Roy Hodgson has officially left Crystal Palace just hours before a crucial Premier League game with Everton. The 76-year-old had faced mounting pressure following a string of poor results, but was taken ill this week amid speculation he was about to part ways with the London club.

But now in an official statement, Hodgson has said: “This club is very special and means so much to me and has played a big part in my footballing life. I have fully enjoyed my time here across six seasons, as it has given me the chance to work with top class players and staff doing what I love every day.

“However, I understand, given recent circumstances, it may be prudent at this time for the club to plan ahead, and therefore I have taken the decision to step aside so that the club can bring forward their plans for a new manager, as intended for this summer.

“I would like to thank Steve Parish and his American partners for their support, along with my coaching staff and backroom team who have helped me so much along the way. In particular, a huge thank you to my long-term friend and assistant, Ray Lewington; coaches Dean Kiely and Paddy McCarthy; plus the excellent sports science, video analysis and medical departments.”

 

Hodgson returned to Palace in place of Patrick Vieira during the 2022/23 season, and duly led the club away from relegation danger. He was then handed a one-year deal by Chairman Steve Parish, and in his statement praised the current squad and expressed confidence they would stay in the Premier League again in this campaign.

Parish himself added: “Roy has a special place in Crystal Palace history and this will never be forgotten. After four years in which he led the club to maintaining Premier League status season after season, he once again joined us nearly a year ago to steady the ship, and worked wonders.

“That he then agreed to continue in the summer speaks volumes about his commitment to our club. Quite simply, we owe our continued Premier League status to Roy. I would like to thank Roy enormously for his service and wish him the very best for the future; it’s fair to say Roy has the keys to Selhurst Park and will always be welcomed back.”

The club also confirmed that Hodgson had now left hospital and was “doing well.” Paddy McCarthy and Ray Lewington will lead the Eagles tonight for the match against Everton at Goodison Park.

Palace will kick-off just five points clear of the Toffees, who occupy 18th spot in the table. Hodgson’s final game in charge proved to be the 3-1 defeat against Chelsea last Monday night.

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