Premier League manager leaves club, gives reasons for decision

Roy Hodgson has stepped down as manager of Crystal Palace just hours before their Premier League game against Everton on Monday.

The 76-year-old managed the side first between 2017 and 2021, before returning for his second stint last year. Palace have won just six league games this season.

Hodgson, who was taken ill last Thursday at the club’s training ground, said he has “taken the decision to step aside so that the club can bring forward their plans for a new manager, as intended for this summer”.

In a statement, he 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.”