Oliver Glasner: Crystal Palace appoint former Eintracht Frankfurt boss as manager

Oliver Glasner has won 48.7% of matches during his managerial career

Crystal Palace have appointed former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner as their new manager.

The 49-year-old Austrian replaces Roy Hodgson, who stepped down on Monday so Palace could “bring forward their plans to appoint a new manager at the end of the season”.

Palace are 16th in the Premier League after 10 defeats in the past 16 games.

Glasner has signed a contract until June 2026 and will be in charge for Saturday’s home game against Burnley.

He was pictured watching Tottenham’s defeat by Wolves on Saturday, with Spurs hosting Palace on 2 March.

Hodgson’s coaches Ray Lewington and Paddy McCarthy will be in charge of Monday’s game at Everton.

It is unknown if Glasner, who is yet to appoint a coaching team, will be at Goodison Park.

“I am very happy to join Crystal Palace,” said Glasner.

“I am looking forward to working with the talented squad, meeting the club’s supporters and experiencing the Selhurst Park atmosphere I have heard so much about.

“It has been a pleasure to meet with Steve [Parish, chairman] and Dougie [Freedman, sporting director], and I am looking forward to working with them to achieve our goals.”

“I’m delighted to welcome Oliver to the club,” said Parish. “He has an outstanding record, and we believe he is the right manager to take the club forward at this pivotal stage.

“Wherever Oliver has gone so far in his managerial journey, success has been quick to follow, and we believe his ambition, as well as his exciting and attacking approach is the perfect fit for getting the most from our talented young squad in the remainder of this Premier League season and beyond.”

The former defender spent 19 years as a player at Austria side SV Ried, before starting his managerial career at the club.

He moved to LASK after one season, spending four years in charge, before a move to German club Wolfsburg.

In 2022, Glasner joined Frankfurt, winning the Europa League during his first season in charge when they beat Scottish side Rangers on penalties in the final.

After guiding Frankfurt to the knockout stages of the Champions League last year, the Austrian left the club at the end of the season with 12 months left on his contract, following a 10-match winless run in the Bundesliga.

Glasner ‘works methodically – there’s no chopping and changing’

In 2022, former Bayern Munich manager and current Wolfsburg boss Niko Kovac – a predecessor of Glasner at Frankfurt – explained what made the Austrian such a good manager.

“He’s very structured, very well-organised, meticulous, observes the opposition very closely and prepares the team very well for them,” said Kovac.

“He doesn’t just let Eintracht run their boots off. He adjusts tactics and tries to simulate the opponent during the week in training.

“Oliver has transferred his ideas of football well to his team because he works methodically, because there’s no chopping and changing.”

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