Oliver Glasner appointed Crystal Palace manager as Roy Hodgson steps down | Football

Oliver Glasner has arrived in the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)

Oliver Glasner has been confirmed as the new Crystal Palace manager, replacing Roy Hodgson – who announced he was stepping down earlier on Monday.

The 49-year-old, who has previously been in charge of the likes of Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg, has signed a contract that runs until the end of the 2025/26 season.

Eagles chairman Steve Parish said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Oliver to the club. He has an outstanding record, and we believe he is the right manager to take the club forward at this pivotal stage.

‘Wherever Oliver has gone so far in his managerial journey, success has been quick to follow, and we believe his ambition, as well as his exciting and attacking approach is the perfect fit for getting the most from our talented young squad in the remainder of this Premier League season and beyond.’

The new manager said: ‘I am very happy to join Crystal Palace F.C. as manager. I am looking forward to working with the talented squad, meeting the club’s supporters and experiencing the Selhurst Park atmosphere I have heard so much about.

‘It has been a pleasure to meet with Steve and Dougie, and I am looking forward to working with them to achieve our goals.’

Glasner has been out of work since June last year when he left Frankfurt despite a successful stint at the club, which saw them win the Europa League in 2022.

Oliver Glasner was previously manager for Eintracht Frankfurt

Oliver Glasner has been a highly-regarded free agent since leaving Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty Images)

Earlier on Monday afternoon, Hodgson confirmed that he was stepping down at Selhurst Park.

The 76-year-old said: ‘This club is very special and means so much to me and has played a big part in my footballing life.

‘I have fully enjoyed my time here across six seasons, as it has given me the chance to work with top class players and staff doing what I love every day.

‘However, I understand, given recent circumstances, it may be prudent at this time for the club to plan ahead, and therefore I have taken the decision to step aside so that the club can bring forward their plans for a new manager, as intended for this summer.

‘I would like to thank Steve Parish and his American partners for their support, along with my coaching staff and backroom team who have helped me so much along the way.

Roy Hodgson is leaving Crystal Palace

Roy Hodgson’s second stint in charge of Crystal Palace is over (Picture: Getty Images)

‘In particular, a huge thank you to my long-term friend and assistant, Ray Lewington; coaches Dean Kiely and Paddy McCarthy; plus the excellent sports science, video analysis and medical departments.

‘My thanks and respect also to the current squad of players who have been a pleasure to work with – they are a credit to the club and themselves. I am certain that our fans will continue to give their full support to the team for the remainder of this season and beyond.

‘I am confident that the season will finish well and I wish the team every success in the weeks, months and seasons to come.’

Last Thursday, the former England boss was taken ill during training and was later admitted to hospital, with his pre-match conference for Monday night’s trip to Everton cancelled.

In Monday’s statement, Palace also confirmed Hodgson is ‘out of hospital and doing well.’

Glasner will not take charge against Everton on Monday night, with Paddy McCarthy and Ray Lewington leading the team.


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