Man Utd icon calls for age limit in managerial jobs after Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson exit

Former Man Utd forward and member of the 1999 treble-winning team, Dwight Yorke, has advocated for the implementation of a managerial age cap to create more opportunities for younger coaches.

Yorke’s remarks came in response to Roy Hodgson’s departure from Crystal Palace, with the 76-year-old being succeeded by Oliver Glasner.


Yorke suggests that an age cap would afford younger managers greater chances in the game while allowing experienced figures like Hodgson to contribute their expertise in other capacities within the club.

“Roy Hodgson has been absolutely magnificent throughout his career and for what he has done in the game,” Yorke told Instant Casino.


“From a personal point of view, young managers need to be given the chance. Roy needs to be respected for the work he has done but there comes a time when these managers over 70 need to be moved on.

“As players, we have to retire and referees have to retire so managers should also be able to retire. I just feel like there should be a mandate and a cutoff point when managers get to a certain age.


“I’m not saying these managers can’t be involved in football; Roy could be a director of football, but if you’re a football manager at 70 years-old, there should be a mandate in place.”

Yorke’s proposal introduces a fresh perspective, yet a cursory look at the current managerial landscape reveals a balanced average age of 49, with a projected decrease anticipated upon the departure of the league’s most senior member, 56-year-old Jurgen Klopp, this summer.

Presently, the league boasts six managers under the age of 45, with Vincent Kompany of Burnley ranking as the youngest at 37.

As Hodgson continues his recovery from illness, Palace supporters are optimistic for a revitalised performance under new management. Glasner will oversee his debut match this Saturday, as Palace hosts struggling Burnley at Selhurst Park.

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