Veteran boss Hodgson has no plans of retiring soon

Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington (photo: Dan Westwell)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says he has no intentions of stepping aside any time soon.

The former England team coach is the Premier League’s oldest manager at the age of 72.

His No.2 Ray Lewington feels the veteran boss still have five to 10 years of management left in him.

Hodgson insists he will remain in football as long as he is still able to do the job and continues to enjoy it.

“[Ray] thinks I’m younger than I am. I can carry on if that is the right thing to do,” he told reporters. “I will have to be convinced when the time comes that it is the right thing to do and something that I can contribute to and can give me the satisfaction that the last couple of seasons have.

“At the moment I’m quite comfortable waiting to see what transpire but I’m not prepared to put a date on the day when I am going to say football has been great to me and I will move aside a let someone else to go.

“You could argue in the long run you should be prepared to move aside but selfishly I still feel I can do it. I still enjoy it, I still get so much pleasure out of the job, I won’t walk away willingly.”

Defender Mamadou Sakho and forward Connor Wickham are Hodgson’s only injury worries for Saturday’s visit of Manchester City.

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  1. the man has a good few years yet and a wealth of experience, we seem all to keen to retire people before their sell by date!

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