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Roy Hodgson, 76, leaves Crystal Palace days after falling ill during training session

By The Associated Press on February 19, 2024.

FILE - Crystal Palace's head coach Roy Hodgson waits for the start of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Saturday, Dec.16, 2023. Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is in a stable condition in hospital after he became ill during training on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024, the club said. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, File)

LONDON (AP) – Roy Hodgson is stepping down as manager of Crystal Palace, the Premier League team said Monday.

The 76-year-old former England coach was hospitalized last week after falling ill during a training session, amid reports that Palace was about to replace him as manager.

“I understand, given recent circumstances, it may be prudent at this time for the club to plan ahead,” Hodgson said in a statement by Palace, “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.”

Palace said Hodgson has left the hospital and was “doing well.”

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