Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has stepped down as the head coach of the club after leaving hospital. The 76-year-old on Thursday last week was rushed to hospital while he was on the training ground.

After leaving the hospital today, Hodgson announced that he was stepping down in a statement that read, “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.

My thanks and respect also to the current squad of players who have been a pleasure to work with,they are a credit to the club and themselves.

I am certain that our fans will continue to give their full support to the team for the remainder of this season and beyond.I am confident that the season will finish well and I wish the team every success in the weeks, months and seasons.”

Austrian coach Oliver Glasner is expected primed to take over as the coach. Glasner’s last role saw him take charge of Eintracht Frankfurt. He led the club to Europa League glory in 2022, before leaving last summer after two years.


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