Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson Confirms His Departure at the End of the Season From Selhurst Park, and His Retirement From Football Management.
The boyhood Palace fan- who took over in South London from the awful Frank De Boer back at the start of the 2017/18 Premier League season- has, this week, confirmed that he will step down as manager after the season’s conclusion this month. It has been a rollercoaster of a ride with Roy, consisting of notable 11th and 12th placed finishes in the top flight, a quarter final exit in the FA Cup- in which they lost to eventual runners-up Watford– and a flurry of high-profile signings.
The 73 year old has one of the oddest managerial careers out there- spanning over a 50 year period- notably taking charge of Malmö FF, Switzerland, Inter Milan (on two separate occasions), Udinese, Fulham, Liverpool and- of course- four years at the helm of the English national team.
Roy Hodgson was hired by Crystal Palace in September 2017, after Frank De Boer- who now manages the Dutch national team- was sacked 5 games into his first managerial job in England; remarkably losing 3-0 to then newly-promoted Huddersfield Town.
In only his fifth game at Selhurst Park, Hodgson orchestrated a shock 2-1 win over a title-fighting Chelsea as the Croydon-based outfit picked up their first points of the season. However, his next win in the Premier League wouldn’t’ come for a month and a half- against Stoke City- but Palace’s patience was well-rewarded, as the ex-England boss guided the Eagles to a heroic 11th place position. You would have been a madman to predict such a finish after their abhorrent start to that season.
Hodgson has since overseen a total of 160 Crystal Palace games, winning 54, drawing 36 and losing 70- an average points per match of 1.24; not an overwhelmingly impressive record, but certainly enough to have avoided relegation from the Premier League under his supervision.
In an interview with the club yesterday, Hodgson expressed his adoration for the South London side, and how hard it will be to leave the team he grew up supporting.
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.via cpfc.co.uk
Although it may be to hard to forget the embarrassing loss the Three Lions suffered at the hands of Iceland in the 2016 Euros (a nation with a smaller population than Coventry), one must instead look at the good times Palace had during Hodgson’s tenure.
The Croydon-native will surely be remembered for moments such as; his aforementioned first Premier League win with Crystal Palace against Chelsea, their 3-2 away win over eventual Champions Manchester City– in which Andros Townsend scored goal of the season with an exquisitely struck volley– or perhaps the 3-1 demolition of Manchester United in their second game of this season at Old Trafford.
Regardless of whether you are a fan of Hodgson (or Crystal Palace) or not, it’s sad to see such a seasoned professional- with over 50 years of management under his belt- leave the beautiful game. He always seemed to provide a laugh, formed such a strong bond with so many players & fans, and will be hugely missed.
It would be a fitting send off if Palace beat London-rivals Arsenal tonight in Roy’s final game at Selhurst Park!
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