Roy Hodgson steps down as Crystal Palace manager

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

The 73-year-old has not indicated he will retire, but with his contract set to expire this summer he will take charge of the Eagles for the last time on Sunday away at former club Liverpool.

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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.”

His replacement is yet to be announced but talks between Frank Lampard and Crystal Palace are said to be ‘progressing’ and the former Chelsea boss is reportedly already identifying transfer targets.

The Chelsea legend was sacked by the Blues in January having struggled to build on an impressive start with a young squad last season.

He was linked with the vacant England under-21s post but links with Palace appear to be picking up pace.

Fabrizio Romano claims talks between Lampard, his agent and Palace are ‘progressing’.

And Romano also claims Slavia Prague striker Abdallah Sima has been identified as a possible first signing should Lampard join the club.

19-year-old Sima has scored 11 goals in 20 appearances this season and has also been linked with a move to West Ham.

 

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