Frank Lampard has emerged as the ‘frontrunner’ to take charge of Crystal Palace, should Roy Hodgson leave the club at the end of the season.
Hodgson is out of contract at the end of the season and the Crystal Palace hierarchy are reportedly deliberating on whether to extend his deal, with Lampard a leading candidate to take charge should a decision be made to make a change.
Lampard is keen to resume his managerial career after being sacked by Chelsea in January, though would likely want assurances he will be given time to build the Eagles after being given just 18 months in charge at Chelsea.
The former midfielder has been linked with the vacant England U21 position, though the Telegraph are reporting that is not a position of interest.
Taking charge of Palace would represent a significant challenge for Lampard, with major changes expected at the Selhurst Park club this summer with the Eagles having a huge 11 first-team players out of contract at the end of the season with decisions yet to be made on renewals.
Palace also have an ageing squad and are in need of a rebuild despite a solid Premier League campaign, though the club’s board will hope Lampard’s relationship with Chelsea could provide a solid recruitment route.
The hierarchy are understood to be prepared to invest £50m in new players this summer with further loan additions, players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham and Billy Gilmour of potential interest to the Eagles.
Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe have also been linked with the position in recent weeks, though Lampard is understood to be the leading candidate at present.
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Author: Harry Diamond