Roy Hodgson to leave Crystal Palace at end of season

Hodgson's final game in charge will be against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The 73-year-old joined Palace in September 2017 and has kept them in the Premier League for four seasons in a row.   -  AP

Manager Roy Hodgson will leave Crystal Palace at the end of the season, the Premier League club said in a statement on Tuesday.

The 73-year-old joined Palace in September 2017 and has kept them in the Premier League for four seasons in a row. His assistant, Ray Lewington, is also leaving, Palace said.

"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," he said.

"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."

Hodgson's coaching career began in 1976 in Sweden and he went on to manage the likes of Inter Milan, Malmo, Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, the Swiss national team and England.

He took England to the Euro 2012 Championship and the 2014 World Cup finals but left after his side was knocked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland.

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While Hodgson has won no silverware in England he took Fulham to the Europa League final in 2010. He commands huge respect in the game with Palace chairman Steve Parish paying tribute.

"It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager," he said.

"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. We'll be forever grateful for his immense contribution."

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