Frank Lampard is being lined-up to succeed Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace this summer as his contract with the Eagles expires after a four years spell at the club.
Palace concluded the season in fourteenth position, with manager Hodgson, 73, stepping down when his contract expires.
Prior to the end of the 2020/2021 football season, the Premier League’s oldest manager hinted about his future with the club.
“After more than 45 years of coaching I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palac.
“A manager is only as good as the players who perform on the pitch .”
Lampard’s success at Chelsea has thrilled Palace chairman Steve Parish, who hopes his managerial genius and flair would spur the club’s development and survival in the Premier League.
Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe were both in the running for the position, but with the latter expected to take over at Celtic and the former likely to continue at Burnley, Lampard has emerged as the favourite.
Lampard was named the head coach of former club Chelsea on a three-year contract on July 4, 2019, making him the first English manager to lead the club in more over two decades.
On January 26, 2021, Thomas Tuchel, a German coach, was appointed as his replacement. Lampard’s exit was said to have been influenced by disagreements with Chelsea’s transfer policy.
Lampard is said to have requested the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Declan Rice, and James Tarkowski, but these requests were reportedly turned down by Chelsea’s co-director Marina Granovskaia.
He began his career at West Ham United before joining Chelsea FC, where he won multiple trophies including three Premier League championships, the UEFA Europa League trophy, the UEFA Champions League trophy, and others.
He is widely regarded as one of Chelsea’s greatest players of all time, as well as one of the finest midfielders of his generation.