CHERRIES’ Premier League rivals Crystal Palace have made a managerial change, with Roy Hodgson stepping down to make way for Oliver Glasner.

It was announced that Hodgson would step down from his role at Selhurst Park hours before the Eagles played out a 1-1 draw away at Everton on Monday night, with confirmation of Glasner’s appointment following shortly after.

Prior to the news Hodgson had been admitted to hospital after a fall at Palace’s training ground in the build-up to the Everton game, although it has since been announced that the 76-year-old is recovering well at home.

Hodgson’s long-standing assistant Ray Lewington took charge of the match at Goodison Park alongside Palace coach Paddy McCarthy.

In a statement posted on Palace’s website, Hodgson shared: “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.

“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.”

Following the draw on Merseyside, Palace are in 15th place with 25 points from 25 games, three points behind Cherries in 13th.

Cherries will welcome Glasner’s Palace side to Vitality Stadium on Tuesday, April 2.