Hodgson steps down as Crystal Palace boss


Crystal Palace have confirmed that Roy Hodgson has stepped down as first-team manager. 


Hodgson steps down as Crystal Palace boss


Pressure has been mounting on the experienced head coach in recent weeks following a downturn in results. 


Hodgson was taken ill during a training session last week, which resulted in Palace's pre-Everton press conference being cancelled. 


"Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that Roy Hodgson has stepped down from his post as first-team manager," a statement read on the official Palace website. 


On his decision to step down, 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. 


"I would like to thank Steve Parish and his American partners for their support, along with my coaching staff and backroom team who have helped me so much along the way. In particular, a huge thank you to my long-term friend and assistant, Ray Lewington; coaches Dean Kiely and Paddy McCarthy; plus the excellent sports science, video analysis and medical departments. 


"My thanks and respect also to the current squad of players who have been a pleasure to work with - they are a credit to the club and themselves. I am certain that our fans will continue to give their full support to the team for the remainder of this season and beyond. 


"I am confident that the season will finish well and I wish the team every success in the weeks, months and seasons to come." 


Hodgson steps down as Crystal Palace boss



Palace currently sit 16th in the table, just five points above Everton in 18th, who they face at Goodison Park tonight. 


Former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner is now expected to take over as Palace boss.