In this article we look at the top six favourites to become Crystal Palace manager with Roy Hodgson confirmed to be stepping down.
The 73-year-old ex-England boss said “the time is right to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football”.
Hodgson has been in charge of Palace since September 2017, but now his final match will be against Liverpool, one of his former clubs, at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
After nearly four years of managing his boyhood club, Roy Hodgson will be stepping down as our manager at the end of this season.
Thank you for everything, Roy ❤️💙
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 18, 2021
Roy Hodgson will leave his role as manager of Crystal Palace F.C. at the end of this season. Hodgson’s final match in charge of the Eagles will be at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday, his 162nd competitive match in the Palace dugout.
He became manager of his boyhood club in September 2017, and under his stewardship, the club has maintained its Premier League status on four consecutive occasions.
Roy 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.
“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.”
Chairman Steve Parish said: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager. I know how much it has meant to Roy managing the club he supported as a child, adding to his distinguished and unparalleled career in football management.
“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.”
Ray Lewington will also be leaving his role as first-team Assistant Manager at the end of this season, and we thank Ray for his magnificent contribution working alongside Roy Hodgson, and furthermore, for his loyal and distinguished service to the club over the years.
TOP SIX FAVOURITES TO BECOME NEXT CRYSTAL PALACE MANAGER:
Frank Lampard – 4/6
Frank Lampard, who was most recently sacked by Chelsea, recently turned down interest in becoming the new Bournemouth manager, feeling he’s still good enough for the top flight.
He is currently assessing his options before returning to management after leaving Chelsea in January. He has been linked laready with the England U21s job.
Lampard is well known for focusing on youth players and turning them into first team regulars during his spell as manager of Derby County and Chelsea which will no doubt appeal to the FA.
The former England midfielder, who netted 29 times in 106 international appearances, has help the development of several home-grown stars during his short time in management.
Most famously, Lampard gave Mason Mount his Chelsea debut having managed the England international on loan at the Rams.
The former Champions League and three-time Premier League winner is seen as someone who would certainly garner the respect of England’s youth players having risen through the ranks himself, making 19 appearances for the Under-21s between 1997 and 2000.
Sean Dyche – 5/1
There is the potential that the Clarets chief might end up choosing to walk away from Turf Moor at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Dyche has two years left on his contract, but could be set to walk away prematurely from his deal due to growing frustrations in which he is disappointed by the failure to agree contract extensions for senior players.
Despite the lack of resources available, Dyche started the 20/21 campaign campaign impressively at Turf Moor, in the top 10 for much of the first 10 games of the season, however the Lancashire side have since fallen to 15th spot in the Premier League.
Dyche is optimistic about plans for Burnley following “healthy and open” talks with new chairman Alan Pace.
Steve Cooper – 7/1
Cooper had been attracting heavy interest for the 20/21 season and won’t come cheap, though it did leave Chris Wilder impressed by what he has done at the Liberty Stadium.
Of the 103 games the 41-year-old has been in charge of, he’s won 47 for the Swans, and has a strong coaching background with Liverpool and in the England youth setup.
Cooper is described to have preferred his teams to play with “good organisation and structure”. He wants his teams to control the game by being brave on the ball and confident when passing.
Cooper coaches his teams to have tactical discipline; defensively, he prefers his players to regain possession through composure and aggression, as mentioned on UEFA’s website.
Cooper cites former Barcelona B coach José Segura as his main influence after the pair worked together at Liverpool’s academy.
Tactically, Cooper likes to deploy a 4–2–3–1 with two holding midfielders and attacking wing-backs. He has also used a 5–3–2 or 3–5–2 formation to ensure greater defensive stability and more flexibility in attack.
Others making up the top six includes Scott Parker – 10/1, Valerin Ismael – 10/1 and Patrick Vieria – 16/1.
Eddie Howe, Chris Wilder, Rafa Benitez and John Terry also feature high on the Sky Bet market for the vacancy.
Fans reacted as the top six favourites to become Crystal Palace manager emerge with Roy Hodgson stepping down…
@alex_westry: We’ve had our ups and downs with Roy as our manager but the job he did will not be forgotten. He saved us from relegation and has made Palace a consistent Premier League side. Thank you Roy Hodgson!
@TOSOTC_CFC: Frank Lampard announcement loading
@JackBeeree: Class manager – thanks for saving us in 2017. Excited for your last home game on Wednesday
@HoltzvonHoltzer: Feel like this job has Lampard all over it.. Premier league experience, Londoner, puts young English players first, big name in world football. Personally wouldn’t go that way but it feels likely
@liamb0117: I would guess then Steve Cooper is our #1 target, we’re just waiting for their play off campaign to end.
@80scorpio80: Cheers Roy. Got a lot of time and respect for him as a bloke, he’s done his best to do what he can for my club, but it’s time for us to progress onto hopefully, the next stage, next level. All the best to him.
@harry_ffc: Thats palace down next year then
Steve Cooper – So much potential, brilliant football. Won’t come if Swansea are promoted.
Sean Dyche – has his critics over play style but a carbon copy of Hodgson in almost guaranteeing safety.
Frank Lampard – tactically exposed on occasions both at Derby and Chelsea.
@JakMorgan01: Just seen Fabrizio Mention Steve Cooper tears in my eyes
@GMcRae91: It’s been a hard watch at times this season, but you can’t knock the job he’s done for us the last 3 and half years. We will give him a good send off from the stands tomorrow
@louch_max: Cannot understate the stability this man brought to our club for four years. Some cracking results, some close calls. Truly class after such a long career. Wish him all the best in his next ventures
@danieldaviesj7: Steve Cooper surely not 😂
@Thomas_Ayres84: Dyche over lampard all day long ! Dyche has done a great job at Burnley
@joe_black1509: If & a big if Eddie Howe ends up at the Palace then the complete mentalists will have their greatest ever meltdown. A meltdown that probably wouldn’t be ever witnessed again
— J🦅 (@JD_CPFC_) May 18, 2021