Dec 2, 2021

Arsenal Hands Roy Hodgson Sad Farewell At Selhurst Park

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Parish has commended and acknowledged Hodgson’s work throughout his term of service.

FILE PHOTO: Outgoing Crystal Palace Roy Hudgson has been thanked for his service. PICTURE: Crystal Palace

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SELHURST: After four consecutive Premier League (PL) seasons with the Eagles, Hodgson sets to step down as Crystal Palace FC (CPFC) full-time manager end-of-season 2020/21.

“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,” said Hodgson

The 74-year-old South Londoner joined the Selhurst Eagles in September 2017 taking over from Frank De Boer and was able to maintain the PL status throughout the entire four seasons.

As of today, they stand on the 13th spot of the Premier League with 44 points.

“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, said the veteran manager.

“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.

“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,” he said.

“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,” he added.

Club Chairman Steve Parish has commended and acknowledged Hodgson’s work throughout his term of service, calling it an absolute pleasure to have worked alongside Hodgson.

“It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager. His record with us simply cannot be overstated, he is the only Palace manager to secure four years in the Premier League and he has helped give us stability in the most turbulent of times.

“We will be forever grateful for his immense contribution and I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to show our appreciation at Selhurst Park after the Arsenal match, alongside 6,500 supporters. Roy will leave us after our final Premier League match of the season with our enormous thanks for his incredible contribution to our club, and with our very best wishes for the future,” Parish concluded.

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