ROY SCARE Roy Hodgson, 76, taken ill during Crystal Palace training with press conference cancelled


At 12:55 pm members of the press were informed that Hodgson would not be attending his usual press conference today after falling ill.

Palace then confirmed on social media: "Unfortunately, today's press conference will no longer take place as scheduled as Roy Hodgson became ill during this morning's training session."

Hodgson's long-term assistant Ray Lewington left Palace's training ground at 1:30 pm.

Asked about his boss's condition, the 67-year-old Lewington said: "Roy is fine."

The Eagles are due to face Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night.

Hodgson missed the trip to Aston Villa in September due to illness.

Former Palace defender Paddy McCarthy took charge of the team that day, assisted by Lewington.

Palace players are due to leave tomorrow.

The pressure on Hodgson has been increasing in recent weeks.

Palace have registered just two wins in their last 15 matches in all competitions.

Hodgson's side squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 3-1 at home to Chelsea on Monday night.

The Eagles have been hit by injuries to key players, with Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Mark Guhi missing the match against the Blues.

Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman is claimed to have approached former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner about replacing Hodgson at Selhurst Park.

Glasner, 49, has been out of work since leaving Eintracht at the end of last season.

Palace have also expressed interest in Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna.

But the 37-year-old Northern Irishman is believed to be reluctant to leave Ipswich as they struggle for a second consecutive promotion.

Hodgson was recently criticized by fans for his handling of Olisse's hamstring injury.

After the 22-year-old winger was deemed fit enough for the bench, Hodgson brought him on when his team were 3–0 down to Brighton at half-time.

Olise limped away after just 11 minutes and is now expected to be missing for two months.

Defending his decision during the 4–1 defeat, Hodgson said last week: "It's more down to the fact that when there was a chance that he could have been available, basically everyone got it together. Decided maybe he might be available.

“But we have to start him on the bench, maybe bring him on in the second half, that's where we all were.

“Then I think we're going ahead blindly, but it's not easy when you have a player like Olise on the bench who turns around and says 'Well you just sit there and watch the game because we don't need you'.

“It's not that simple, and there was no indication from our side that he was happy to do it, but certainly Michael is a cool guy so that's the other unfortunate part of this whole equation.

“Any other player could come and say ‘I don't think it's worth it, I don't think I need to move on, I need a bit more time' – but we can't expect that from him.

"It's not fair to expect that from him, he's just doing what he thinks the whole club thinks so it was a perfect storm in every respect."

Palace are 15th in the Premier League table, five points above the relegation zone.

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