Crystal Palace confirms: Coach Hodgson resigns – Glasner in the starting blocks

Glasner in the starting blocks


Crystal Palace have confirmed that Roy Hodgson has resigned as manager. The 76-year-old had been in hospital since Thursday due to health problems, but has since left the hospital. According to consistent media reports, his successor is in the starting blocks, but has not yet been confirmed by the club. This is the former Wolfsburg and Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner, who is to sign a contract with the Eagles until 2026 with an option for another year. On Monday evening at Everton FC, the two assistants Patrick McCarthy and Ray Lewington are still looking after the team.

“This club is very special, it means a lot to me and has played a big role in my life as a footballer. “I have really enjoyed my time here over six seasons, having the opportunity to work with top-class players and staff and do what I love every day,” said club icon Hodgson. “However, I understand that given the recent circumstances it is advisable for the club to plan ahead. “I have therefore taken the decision to step down so that the club can move forward with its plans for a new manager as planned for this summer.”

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Palace boss Steve Parish said of Hodgson, who made 200 appearances in two spells on the sidelines: “Roy has a special place in Crystal Palace history and that will never be forgotten. After four years of leading the club to relegation in the Premier League season after season, he rejoined us almost a year ago to steady the ship and he has done wonders. The fact that he agreed to continue in the summer speaks volumes about his commitment to our club. It’s simply thanks to Roy that we continue to play in the Premier League.”

Hodgson’s job had been shaky for some time, but Parish is said to have resisted a replacement for a long time. The coach, who once played there himself in the youth ranks, had previously looked after the South Londoners in 162 games from 2017 to 2021 and, after actually starting his retirement, since March 2023. The Eagles have only won three times in the English upper house since the beginning of November, most recently losing against Brighton (1:4) and Chelsea (1:3). Placed in mid-table at the start of the season, Crystal Palace has moved ever closer to relegation and is currently in 17th place.

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