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Roy Hodgson will leave Crystal Palace and retire as manager at the end of the season

Roy Hodgson said it was "the right time" to retire after announcing he would step down as Crystal Palace manager at the end of the season.

Senior coaching career in Sweden He will take charge of the last game of Selhurst Park starting in 1976 and before facing Arsenal in 2012 and 2016, Wednesday. One of their old clubs, Liverpool, is in the final match on Sunday.

He is Frank Lampard's 73-year-old who has been in charge of the House since September 2017 and has managed Blackburn, Fulham and West Bromwich in the Premier League before being appointed by England.

The announcement puts an end to any uncertainty about Hodgson's future and means that fans returning to Selhurst Park will have an opportunity to pay homage to the Premier League's former glory.

“After coaching for more than 45 years, I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigors of senior Premier League football, so our last two games will be my last as a manager of Crystal Palace,” said Hodgson. “This has been a particularly rewarding period of my football life and career as I have been able to spend the last four seasons with Palace. Now, at the end of another successful season in which we have secured our Premier League status, I feel that the moment is right for me to relinquish my responsibilities as a full-time manager.

"I've had a lot of support from my wife and family throughout my career and I've been thinking about this decision for a while and I believe now is the time to think about them and see what the future holds for me."

House president Steve Parish has voiced potential candidates in the past few weeks and appears to be interested in returning to management after Lampard was sacked by Chelsea in January. Burnley's Sean Dyche also has fans in the Palace boardroom and could emerge as the candidate most similar to Hodgson, but at £10m.

Despite the interest in Swansea's Steve Cooper and Barnsley's Valérien Ismaël, it seems unlikely that Palace will risk appointing an untried manager in the Premier League - their sides went up against the first leg of the Championship play-offs on Monday.

Palace 14 Hodgson's four seasons and victory over Arsenal meant they could record the highest Premier League points overall, beating Liverpool. Parish has paid homage to his influence on the childhood club since Hodgson replaced Frank De Boer with the team's six after losing their first four games.

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“His track record with us cannot be overstated – he is the only Palace manager to secure four years in the Premier League and has helped us provide stability during the most turbulent times,” Parish said. “We will be forever grateful for his tremendous contribution and I am delighted to have the opportunity to show our gratitude at Selhurst Park after the Arsenal game with 6 500 fans.

“Roy will leave us with many thanks and best wishes for his incredible contribution to our club after the final Premier League game of the season. the future." Hodgson's assistant, Ray Lewington, will also leave at the end of the season.

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