Roy Hodgson is gearing up for an emotional goodbye after deciding that the time is right to step down as Crystal Palace boss at the end of the season. Read more Crystal Palace News here.
Hodgson, who started his coaching career in Sweden in 1976 and managed England from 2012 to 2016, will take charge of his final Selhurst Park match on Wednesday against Arsenal before meeting one of his former clubs, Liverpool, on Sunday.
Frank Lampard is said to be one of the candidates to succeed the 73-year-old, who has led Palace since September 2017 and previously managed Blackburn, Fulham, and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League before being appointed by England.
The news puts an end to all speculation over Hodgson’s future. And allows fans returning to Selhurst Park to pay respects to the Premier League’s oldest-ever boss.
Crystal Palace News | Roy Hodgson Says Goodbye
“I’ve never been good at saying goodbye,” Hodgson admitted. “I’ve been a lot better at saying hi. It has the potential to be an emotional occasion, and I’m not comfortable at emotional situations.”
After four seasons at the helm of his hometown club, Hodgson said “the time is right for me to step away from my duties as a full-time boss.”
“It’s not a decision that was made over night,” Hodgson said.
“It’s been brewing for quite some time. In the back of my head, I knew it was time to leave the club. I had it in the back of my mind. The end of the season would be the best time to leave the club. Maybe even leave football for a bit. I’m glad that, considering the recent speculation, we’ve been able to keep things on a relatively even keel.”
After being fired by Chelsea in January, Palace chairman Steve Parish has sounded out prospective applicants in recent weeks. Lampard is said to be interested in returning to management. Sean Dyche of Burnley has admirers in the Palace boardroom and may appear as the closest contender to Hodgson. Even though he is thought to cost up to £10 million in compensation.