Roy Hodgson in hospital as Crystal Palace prepare to replace him with Glasner | Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is being examined in hospital after falling ill during a training session on Thursday when Crystal Palace named Oliver Glasner as his replacement, with the Austrian apparently having agreed a buyout deal.

Palace were forced to cancel a press conference on Thursday on 37 minutes’ notice after Hodgson failed to finish the session at the training ground. His assistant Paddy McCarthy is said to have taken over when the former England manager felt unwell and required medical treatment. It is understood Palace chairman Steve Parish accompanied Hodgson to hospital on the advice of the club’s medical staff.

“Following news that Roy Hodgson fell ill during today’s training session, we can confirm that he is now stable and is currently undergoing tests in hospital,” Palace said on recovery.”

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Palace had confirmed the press conference was canceled after Hodgson “fell ill” during a training session. It is not the first time this season that Hodgson’s health has suffered. In September, the 76-year-old – the Premier League’s oldest ever manager – was forced to miss Palace’s game at Aston Villa after being taken to hospital on the morning of the game.

Parish Hodgson was expected to be fired after further discussions with Glasner on Thursday. Hodgson’s position is said to have come under intense scrutiny following Monday night’s defeat to Chelsea, with Parish believed to have concluded that after a run of four wins in 18 league games that has plunged the club into a relegation battle a change is necessary.

Glasner, who has been out of work since leaving Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of last season, became Palace’s preferred choice after an attempt to persuade Ipswich’s Kieran McKenna to take over failed. Glasner is said to have held talks with Parish and the Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman and agreed a contract worth around £4.5m for the season until 2026 with the option of a further year. However, the situation is complicated by Hodgson’s illness, with his assistants Ray Lewington and McCarthy expected to take charge of Palace’s game against Everton on Monday evening if he recovers.

Glasner, a 49-year-old former defender, led Eintracht to victory in the Europa League in 2022 by beating West Ham in the semi-finals. He previously coached Wolfsburg for two seasons after making a name for himself with Linz in Austria.

Hodgson was brought back by Palace last March to replace his replacement, Patrick Vieira, and a solid run of success earned the former England manager a new contract at the club he previously managed from September 2017 to May 2021. This season, however, has brought diminishing returns for an injury-plagued team.

Hodgson recently described Palace’s predicament as “the toughest period of my career, for one reason, and that is because the fans turned against us so much.” The Palace defender, Joachim Andersen, was pulled out of an angry exchange with fans after a defeat at Brighton and banners called for the board’s removal, citing “no shared vision, no structured plan”. A banner displayed at the Chelsea game targeted “weak club culture and direction”.

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Hodgson’s expected departure appears to mark the end of a long and distinguished coaching career that began in Sweden with Halmstad in 1976 and included spells at Internazionale, Fulham, Liverpool and England.

Hodgson has recently been hampered by injuries to Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise, two of his most creative players. Olise returned from a hamstring injury against Brighton but managed just over 10 minutes before limping off.

Palace were the Premier League’s top spenders in the January transfer window, bringing in midfielder Adam Wharton from Blackburn and defender Daniel Muñoz from Genk.

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