Premier League's oldest ever manager Roy Hodgson leaves Crystal Palace

Assistant Ray Lewington and Paddy McCarthy temporarily take charge of the club

By Web Desk
February 19, 2024
The 76-year-old has been at the helm at Selhurst Park since March 2023. - AFP

Roy Hodgson has resigned as the manager of Crystal Palace after being hospitalised during training last Thursday, and former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner is set to take over.

Hodgson will not be present in the dugout for Palace's Premier League match against Everton on Monday, with his assistant Ray Lewington and Paddy McCarthy temporarily in charge.

The 76-year-old has been at the helm at Selhurst Park since March 2023, returning from retirement for a second time to assist the club he managed from 2017-2021. He initially joined the club as a schoolboy in 1963.

Hodgson made history as the oldest manager in Premier League history when he returned from retirement at the age of 75 years and 224 days for his second spell.

However, Palace has struggled, winning only three of their last 19 games in all competitions and currently occupying 16th place in the Premier League, just five points above the relegation zone.

Hodgson said: “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.”

Palace chairman Steve Parish added: “Roy has a special place in Crystal Palace history and this will never be forgotten. After four years in which he led the club to maintaining Premier League status season after season, he once again joined us nearly a year ago to steady the ship, and worked wonders.

“That he then agreed to continue in the summer speaks volumes about his commitment to our club. Quite simply, we owe our continued Premier League status to Roy.

“I would like to thank Roy enormously for his service and wish him the very best for the future; it’s fair to say Roy has the keys to Selhurst Park and will always be welcomed back.”

Palace also confirmed Hodgson has been released from hospital and is “doing well”.

Glasner has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract worth around £4.5m a season, having been out of work since leaving Frankfurt last summer.

During his two years at Frankfurt, the Austrian won the Europa League and reached the final of the DFB-Pokal (similar to the FA Cup). He left following reports of a rift with sporting director Markus Krösche over poor squad depth.

Glasner plays direct, intense football, similar to Thomas Frank at Brentford, prioritising intelligent pressing and counterattacking.