A Legendary English Manager, Roy Hodgson has declared he will not coach in the top flight again as his contract with Crystal Palace set to expire at the end of this season.
Sky Sports had earlier reported that Crystal Palace have announced Roy Hodgson will leave the club at the end of the season as the current terms of the veteran manager deal will expire this summer.
The 73-year-old manager arrived at Selhurst Park in September 2017 and The Glaziers last Premier League match of the season against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday will be his last in charge.
Hodgson while speaking to Sky Sports declared his decision to step aside from handling top-flight teams starting this summer.
In his words:
“After more than 45 years of coaching, I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace.”
Hodgson started his managerial career in 1976 with Swedish club, Halmstad and he has overseen top-flight stability since he was summoned by the Glaziers in September 2017.
He has also helped Palace become an established member of the Premier League since his arrival at the Selhurst, South London based Club in 2017.
Speaking further, Hodgson reiterated his happiness for being able to successfully coached Crystal Palace for four good years without relegation and declared it is the right moment for him to step down from my responsibilities of being a full-time manager.
“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. 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,” he added.
Hodgson joined Palace early in the 2017-18 campaign when they were pointless and had failed to score during their opening four league games following a disastrous start to life under former manager, Frank De Boer.
After taking over from the Dutch manager, he ensured Premier League safety for Palace and further secured 11th, 12th and 14th-placed finishes in the following three subsequent seasons.
His performance has helped the club to enjoy their longest consecutive spell in the top flight, with another mid-table finish to be confirmed at the end of this season.
Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche and Frank Lampard are among those linked with the soon-to-be-vacant role at Selhurst Park, with the club hopeful Hodgson’s successor can tap into the talented youth