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The highs and lows of Roy Hodgson’s managerial career as Palace exit confirmed

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 19 Feb 2024

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Roy Hodgson has confirmed his resignation as Crystal Palace manager following a health scare, with Oliver Glasner announced as his successor.

It could be the final act in the 76-year-old’s long and storied coaching career, which dates back almost five decades.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the successes and failures of his time in the dugout.

HIGH – It all started in Scandinavia for the Croydon native, who spent the best part of 15 years as a manager in Sweden. After guiding Halmstad to two unexpected Allsvenskan titles, he led Malmo to five in a golden run.

HIGH – After entering the international arena, Hodgson helped Switzerland qualify for the 1994 World Cup. He also guided the Swiss to their maiden European Championship in 1996 before taking his leave.

LOW – The Londoner was handed a dream job with Inter Milan in 1995, but his time in Italy ended on a sour note when they lost the UEFA Cup final on home turf to Schalke in 1997. While he maintained a strong relationship with club president Massimo Moratti for his rebuilding job at San Siro, he suffered scathing criticism from Brazilian star Roberto Carlos.

LOW – A first taste of Premier League football proved short-lived when Hodgson was sacked by Blackburn after 17 months at Ewood Park, a bright start blighted as he left Rovers rock bottom of the table.

HIGH – After spells in Denmark, Italy, UAE, Norway and Finland, Hodgson was tempted to return to Britain at the end of 2007 to save relegation-threatened Fulham. He masterminded a memorable escape and then carried the Cottagers to the Europa League. Shakhtar Donetsk and Serie A giants Juventus were defeated before Atletico Madrid proved too strong in the 2010 final.

LOW – Lured from Craven Cottage by Liverpool, Hodgson had a brief and brutal stay at Anfield, where he was never welcomed by fans. Weighed down by some poor signings, he did not see out the season, with a League Cup upset by Northampton placing him on notice for what became an inevitable exit in January.

HIGH – Rehabilitated by a productive spell with West Brom, he was catapulted into the England job following Fabio Capello’s abrupt departure in 2012. His Three Lions side were bundled out of that year’s European Championship after losing a quarter-final to Italy on penalties. But Hodgson lifted the team to third in the FIFA rankings and he was proud to lead them to the 2014 World Cup on the back of an unbeaten qualifying campaign.

LOW – England did not follow the ‘joga bonito’ mantra in Brazil and exited at the World Cup group stage for the first time since 1958 following defeats to Italy and Uruguay. It meant their final clash with Costa Rica was a dead-rubber, and a dull goalless draw did little to lift spirits in the country.

LOW – After a 100 per cent qualifying record and the introduction of several young talents like Harry Kane, optimism was high before Euro 2016, but his lacklustre team suffered acute embarrassment as they were knocked out in the last 16 by Iceland. Hodgson handed in his resignation before the night was over, with his legacy as national boss trashed.

HIGH – A chance to take over at Palace, his boyhood club, was too good to turn down – even in the aftermath of Frank de Boer’s chaotic reign. Despite starting the season with seven straight defeats, he ensured a serene 11th-placed finish. He equalled their Premier League points record in the 2018-19 campaign and seemingly ‘retired’ on his own terms in 2021.

LOW – Tempted back for a fire-fighting job at Watford, he could not turn the ship around in his five-month stay and took the Hornets down to the Championship.

LOW – His homecoming started well, ending a 13-match winless run under Patrick Vieira in his first game back in the Palace dugout. But things veered off course after he agreed another deal for the 2023-24 season. With supporters ready for change, he was reportedly on the verge of the sack when he was taken ill at the club’s training ground. He went on to stand down to make way for successor Glasner, making for an unhappy final chapter at Palace.

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