Crystal Palace head coach Roy Hodgson will step down as Crystal Palace head coach, according to the club’s official website. He will leave the team after the end of the current season.
Roy Hodgson will turn 74 on August 9 and his contract with Palace expires at the end of this season.
While Hodgson has been in charge of the Eagles since September 2017, he will now step down from this post.
Roy Hodgson said: “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, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace.”
Under Hodgson’s stewardship, the club has maintained its Premier League status on four consecutive occasions.
“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,” Hodson said.
This season, Crystal Palace have amassed 44 points in 36 games and are 13th on the Premier League table.
And Hodgson continued: “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.”
The Chairman of Crystal Palace, Steve Parish, has also said some parting words.
“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. “I know how much it has meant to Roy managing the club he supported as a child, adding to his distinguished and unparalleled career in football management.”
Hodgson will step down as Crystal Palace head coach as this season ends. And Parish cannot thank him enough for keep the club’s standings safe.
“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,” Roy said, highlighting the coach’s work of the past four years.
Along with Hodgson, Ray Lewington will also quit his role as first-team Assistant Manager at the end of this season.
Crystal Palace have thus also thanked Ray for his magnificent contribution working alongside Roy Hodgson. More importantly, though, they are grateful for “his loyal and distinguished service to the club over the years”.