Crystal Palace confirm Roy Hodgson will leave club at end of season with final game at Anfield against Liverpool, ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard favourite for job

Roy Hodgson will leave his role as Crystal Palace manager at the end of the season, the club have confirmed.

The veteran boss has preserved the Eagles Premier League status in every season since arriving in 2017.

Hodgson will boss Crystal Palace’s remaining two Premier League games of the season before leaving
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Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, who has been out of work since being sacked by the Blues in January, is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Hodgson.

Explaining his impending Palace departure, Hodgson 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, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace.

“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 managed to get the best out of Wilfried Zaha at Palace
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“I have had so much support from my wife and family throughout my career and I have been contemplating this decision for some time, and now I believe the time is right to consider them and to see what the future holds for me.  

“I have really enjoyed my time at Palace, I have been privileged to work with an outstanding group of professional and dedicated players, most of whom have been with me throughout the four years.

“A manager is only as good as the players who perform on the pitch. I have been fortunate that those in my charge have certainly given me that and I thank them for it.

“I am sure I speak for all the players, my coaching staff and backroom team, when I say I am proud of the work we have done together to retain our Premier League status during this time.

Lampard spent 18 months in charge of Chelsea, before facing the sack
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“I would also like to thank our Chairman Steve Parish, his partners David Blitzer and Josh Harris and Sporting Director Dougie Freedman for all their support over the years. 

“They gave me an opportunity to return to my hometown club and I have always felt we were singing from the same hymn sheet in trying to achieve our joint goals.

“I can only wish them all the very best of luck for a successful future and I am convinced that the club will go from strength to strength.”   

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish voiced his appreciation for Hodgson on social media.

He wrote: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager.

“Not a week went by where I didn’t learn something from him. I’m delighted we will be able to give him the send he deserves tomorrow.”

Hodgson’s incredible career saw him take managerial jobs in England, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Denmark, and the United Arab Emirates.

And his final game will come against former club Liverpool, at Anfield, where he had a five-month spell in 2010.