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Next Crystal Palace manager: Frank Lampard favourite after Roy Hodgson exit confirmed

By Tom Dutton

Published: 13:07, 18 May 2021

Crystal Palace are searching for a new manager for the first time in nearly four years after they announced Roy Hodgson will step down at the end of the season.

Hodgson was appointed Palace boss in September 2017 and was tasked with steering the club to safety after a nightmare start to the campaign under Frank de Boer.

Despite losing their first seven matches of the 2017/18 season without scoring, Hodgson steadied the ship and remarkably led the Eagles to an 11th-place finish.

Among his best results were Palace’s first Premier League away wins in Manchester (two at Old Trafford, one at the Etihad), while he has toppled a number of club records during his time in south London. He will depart Selhurst Park this summer with the club in far better shape and looking ahead to a club-record ninth straight season in the Premier League.

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Hodgson told the club’s official website: “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 Palace.

“It’s been a particularly rewarding period of my football life and career to have been able to spend these last four seasons with Palace. I feel now that at the end of another successful season, in which we have secured our Premier League status, the moment is right for me to step down from my responsibilities of being a full-time manager.”

Frank Lampard and Steve Cooper are among those reportedly being considered as potential replacements being, while Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been linked with the Palace job for several months.

Cooper’s play-off rival Valerian Ismael is also among the bookmakers’ favourites, with the out-of-work Eddie Howe, who was pursued by Palace in 2011, still weighing up his next move.

At 4/11, Lampard, who is said to have held talks with Palace, is the favourite for the job.

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