Roy Hodgson confirms Crystal Palace exit with Frank Lampard favourite to replace him

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed he will be stepping down as Crystal Palace boss at the end of the season after the two parties agreed to part company. The former England boss believes the time is right to end his illustrious 45-year coaching career with the 73-year-old now unlikely to take up another management job.

Hodgson replaced Frank De Boer at Selhurst Park back in September 2017 and he took over a side that had lost all four of their opening Premier League fixtures without scoring a single goal.

He was able to bring some stability to the club and drove them up to the table to an 11th placed finish.

Since then, Palace have rarely been in danger of the drop despite an ageing squad and lack of transfer funds.

Hodgson has been imperative to keeping star man Wilfried Zaha, while he has also continued to nurture the club’s brightest academy talent including the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrick Mitchell.

The Eagles decided not to offer Hodgson a new deal although there has been some suggestion that he may have stepped down as manager anyway.

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Speaking via a club statement, Hodgson confirmed that the next two matches would be his last in charge of Crystal Palace.

He 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.

“I have had so much support from my wife and family throughout my career and I have been contemplating this decision for some time, and now I believe the time is right to consider them and to see what the future holds for me.

“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. 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.

“I am sure I speak for all the players, my coaching staff and backroom team, when I say I am proud of the work we have done together to retain our Premier League status during this time.

“I would also like to thank our Chairman Steve Parish, his partners David Blitzer and Josh Harris and Sporting Director Dougie Freedman for all their support over the years.

“They gave me an opportunity to return to my hometown club and I have always felt we were singing from the same hymn sheet in trying to achieve our joint goals.

“I can only wish them all the very best of luck for a successful future and I am convinced that the club will go from strength to strength.”

Frank Lampard is now the favourite to replace Hodgson, who he played under for England, as he targets a return to management.

The former Chelsea boss who was sacked back in January has rejected a number of offers since leaving Stamford Bridge, following the birth of his son.

However, it’s believed Lampard would now be open to a return to a management role permitting the project was the right fit.

Palace are planning a major overhaul this summer as they prepare to say goodbye to several players who are out of contract.

It’s understood that the club are willing to finally spend the rest of the £50million they received from Manchester United for Wan-Bissaka, as they target at least five new additions.

Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche are amongst the others in contention for the job.

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