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Frank Lampard to Sean Dyche: Six Potential Candidates to Be Crystal Palace Manager After Roy Hodgson

We are approaching a summer in which there's not only a search for a new Crystal Palace manager, but the club have players out of contract
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Roy Hodgson is the first Crystal Palace manager in a while to last more than one season and leave on his own terms.

Since the Eagles made their way back into the Premier League in 2013, managers have been turned over in quite a few ways.

Ian Holloway left three months into the first season, while Tony Pulis fell out with the board. Neil Warnock did not last six months, Alan Pardew was sacked in 2016, and Sam Allardyce had a premature retirement.

Then there was the Frank de Boer debacle before Hodgson. And, after almost four full seasons, former England coach Roy Hodgson is stepping away from his boyhood club.

New Crystal Palace Manager Needed to Follow on From Roy Hodgson

New Man to Lead the Eagles

For Crystal Palace, this has felt inevitable for a while. Roy Hodgson calling time as Crystal Palace manager was always going to come in the near future, and this season, the rumours circulated early.

But the imminent departure of the Englishman isn’t the only worry for the Eagles.

Crystal Palace are approaching a summer in which not only are they seeking a new manager, player uncertainty also exists.

More than a handful of players are out of contract at the end of the season, including the likes of Gary Cahill, Christian Benteke, and Luka Milivojevic.

It is the definition of a corridor of uncertainty for the Eagles, and there is a need to get the managerial appointment right.

Sean Dyche

There is the sense that the relationship between Sean Dyche and Burnley at Turf Moor might be on its last legs.

Over the past few months, there has been growing uncertainty over Dyche and the team he has been managing for almost ten years.

As such, it’s not exactly far-fetched that a report by the Guardian mentions him as the potential next Crystal Palace manager.

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This may be due to a need for change at Burnley rather than the appeal of Selhurst Park, and might still seem like a sideways move, but Dyche might relish a new challenge in South London.

A move for Dyche could prove costly, however, with Burnley seeking up to £10 million in compensation to take their manager away from Turf Moor.

The long-term Clarets boss insists that his current deal, which expires this summer, could be extended.

“I’m sure over the coming weeks they will be speaking to me,” he said on Tuesday (May 18). “They’ve certainly mentioned that they want to.”

Frank Lampard

The news over Roy Hodgson stepping down as Crystal Palace manager had barely died down when rumours of Frank Lampard as the next began to rise.

Ultimately, Frank Lampard’s time at Chelsea ended on a sour note, but he earned some coin for bringing forth youth players into the first team: something likely to have peaked the interest of Palace bosses.

Plus, Lampard will have learned some valuable lessons from his time at Stamford Bridge, and might relish somewhere with less pressure.

There is a question over whether Lampard might be the right man for a potential relegation scrap, though, and this is bound to look like a calculated risk.

Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank’s tenure at Brentford speaks for itself. The Dane has managed to get the Bees to successive Championship play-off places, despite losing key players in that period.

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Frank is starting to develop a flawed reputation for failing at the last hurdle, but the pressure to succeed and jeopardy might be less as Crystal Palace manager.

Frank has also shown he can rebuild teams and, with Palace heading for a summer of uncertainty, he could be the man to fix that.

Scott Parker

An outside shout, no doubt. But such is Scott Parker’s growing reputation, despite Fulham’s relegation, that his name is being mentioned for the Tottenham job.

That may be a stretch, but being Crystal Palace manager would not be.

Despite Fulham going down after a season, Parker showed himself capable of motivating the side, and there’s the sense that results don’t exactly reflect the performances from his side.

Steve Cooper

When Graham Potter left Swansea City in the summer of 2019, not many would have expected Steve Cooper to have taken over so impressively.

But under the former youth team coach, Swansea have reached the playoffs in both seasons since, something they didn’t even manage under Potter, while losing key players.

Cooper has shown himself to be a manager that gets teams punching above their weight, something Palace might need next season.

Sam Allardyce – former Crystal Palace manager

Yes, really. Taking aside the Frank de Boer spell as Crystal Palace manager, Palace looked to be heading for stability at the end of 2016/17, until Sam Allardyce announced he was retiring.

It was a short-lived retirement from Big Sam though: he has managed Everton and West Brom since.

Allardyce’s record of not getting relegated from the top-flight ended with West Brom this season, but there’s the sense that the former Bolton and Sunderland boss still has something to give. He might be a short-term option, but Palace’s situation means they might do with one for now.

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