Premier League

Crystal Palace to Appoint Lucien Favre as New Manager

Crystal Palace expect to appoint ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre as their new coach
Crystal Palace expect to appoint ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre as their new coach / LEON KUEGELER/Getty Images

Crystal Palace are expected to announce Lucien Favre as their new manager in the coming few days as they look to replace Roy Hodgson in the dugout.

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Favre has been out of a job since being let go by the Bundesliga giants, but is now set to take the reins at Selhurst Park. According to a report in The Athletic, the 63-year-old is set to sign a three-deal with the Eagles.

Nuno Espirito Santo, former Wolves' boss, was close to be appointed but negotiations fell apart after disagreements over the Portuguese's backroom staff. The report adds that talks have begun with Favre over his backroom staff and Palace have also begun the press of securing the Swiss' work permit.

The Eagles have also considered Steve Cooper, Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard, Patrick Vieira, and Sean Dyche, but ultimately decided to appoint Favre after Palace chiefs felt he was the best available candidate.

Palace chairman Steve Parish outlined what the club would be looking for in the new manager. He told the BBC: "It's challenging obviously. There's not a lack of people who would like to come and manage Crystal Palace in the Premier League, we're very fortunate with that.

"You have to try to get it right. Outside pressures, I see all sorts of stuff that's written, and the really important thing is we block that out because the only thing that matters in the end is that we win football matches.

"We have to find the right person to help us do that. Not only immediately, but also to help us with the young players we want to bring through. Someone who will work with us to develop the club, will understand that in the background the club is going somewhere with the new academy. The next big project will be to look to the main stand and we will start giving that momentum again. So it's a big decision. These things take longer than you would like them to."