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Crystal Palace appoint Glasner as Hodgson replacement

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Crystal Palace have confirmed the appointment of former Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg boss Oliver Glasner as their new manager, following Roy Hodgson’s resignation.

Glasner was strongly linked with a move to Selhurst Park as pressure mounted on Hodgson following a run of two wins from 15 games for Palace across all competitions.

That speculation intensified after Palace lost 3-1 to Chelsea last week, leaving them five points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone ahead of Monday’s huge six-pointer against Everton.

Hodgson was then taken ill during Thursday’s training session and had to undergo tests in hospital, before being discharged.

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On Monday, the 76-year-old announced he had decided to call time on his second spell with the Eagles to allow them to “bring forward their plans for a new manager”.

Soon after that announcement, Palace confirmed Glasner had agreed to take over on a contract to run until the end of the 2025-26 season.

The Austrian told the club’s website: “I am very happy to join Crystal Palace 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.”

The Eagles said Glasner’s backroom team will be confirmed in due course, while failing to say whether the 49-year-old would be in the stands when Paddy McCarthy and Ray Lewington take the team to Goodison Park to face Everton on Monday.

Under-fire Palace 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.”

Glasner led Eintracht to UEFA Europa League glory in 2021-22, with the Bundesliga side overcoming Rangers in the final. He left the club at the end of the following season, after a 2-0 defeat to RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal final last June.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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