Newcastle United's Premier League rivals confirm expected managerial departure

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There was a managerial departure confirmed in the Premier League on Monday afternoon.

Newcastle United will face a new manager when they visit Crystal Palace next month after the Eagles confirmed the departure of veteran boss Roy Hodgson.

Speculation over the future of the former England manager has been ramped up in recent weeks as Palace tumbled down the Premier League table following a run of just two wins in their last ten games. Amid a flurry of protests from the Selhurst Park faithful, Hodgson has constantly insisted he can turn things around - but thoughts turned away from football at the weekend when he fell ill during training last week.

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However, Monday afternoon brought confirmation Hodgson has taken the decision to step down from his role as he delivered an emotional message thanking key figures at Selhurst Park for their support during his time in charge of a club he described as 'very special'.

Palace chairman Steve Parrish added: “Roy has a special place in Crystal Palace history and this will never be forgotten. After four years in which he led the club to maintaining Premier League status season after season, he once again joined us nearly a year ago to steady the ship, and worked wonders. That he then agreed to continue in the summer speaks volumes about his commitment to our club. Quite simply, we owe our continued Premier League status to Roy. I would like to thank Roy enormously for his service and wish him the very best for the future; it’s fair to say Roy has the keys to Selhurst Park and will always be welcomed back."

Palace have confirmed Hodgson's assistants Ray Lewington and Paddy McCarthy will take charge of their visit to Everton on Monday night as the search for a successor gets underway. Former Eintracht Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner had been heavily linked with the role prior to Hodgson's departure and is widely expected to be named by the time Palace host Burnley on Saturday.

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