Frank Lampard ‘in talks’ with Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson exit confirmed and Simon Jordan says ex-Chelsea man would be a ‘risk’ with club set for huge rebuild

Crystal Palace are believed to still be in contact with Frank Lampard as the ex-Chelsea boss continues to be linked as Roy Hodgson’s replacement.

Hodgson, 73, will leave Palace at the end of the season having cemented their Premier League status over the last four seasons.


Roy Hodgson will be replaced as Crystal Palace manager this summer[/caption]

The 73-year-old confirmed in a press conference on Tuesday that he will leave the club.

He said: “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.”

Speculation has been rife in the recent weeks and months over possible replacements with Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche heavily linked.

Lampard is emerging as one of the frontrunners for a swift return to management following his sacking by Chelsea in January.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Palace are still in contact with Lampard and his agent.

He wrote on Twitter: Crystal Palace are still in contact with Frank Lampard and his agente as potential new manager – talks progressing. Abdallah Sima from Slavia Praga is among the options as new signings, also in case Lampard will be appointed.”

Lampard was replaced by Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea boss in January
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Despite holding one of the top managerial jobs in the Premier League, the former midfielder is still relatively inexperienced.

He had one season at Derby County, reaching the Championship play-off final, before having 18 months at Stamford Bridge.

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes there is a risk, as there always is, with hiring a manager.


Both Hodgson and Zaha’s future are uncertain this summer[/caption]

“There’s a gamble in every managerial appointment you make. It’s about how you minimise that risk,” Jordan told talkSPORT last week.

“You can’t eliminate risk when you cross a road, you can look right and left and it only eliminates a portion of the risk you take.

“With Frank Lampard, I actually said a couple of months ago I could see that play out. 

“It’s a risk for Palace as they’ve got a lot of things under the hood. They’ve got a Ferrari, at times, of a playing squad from the captain through to Wilfried Zaha.

“Under the bonnet, they’ve got a list of players out of contract and an array of challenges that will never stop with people like Wilfried Zaha.

“The fact he will have played and committed himself to Palace, it is well-known he wants to move on.”

Next Crystal Palace manager odds

Frank Lampard 4/11

Sean Dyche 4/1

Steve Cooper 5/1

Valerian Ismael 15/2

Scott Parker 17/2

Eddie Howe 11/1

Patrick Vieira 13/1

John Terry 20/1

Dougie Freedman 20/1

David Moyes 25/1

Sam Allardyce 25/1

Chris Wilder 25/1

Rafa Benitez 33/1

Phil Neville 33/1

Laurent Blanc 33/1

Neil Warnock 33/1

Michael Carrick 33/1

Lee Johnson 33/1

Benteke is out of contract this summer but is making his case for a new deal having scored four in his last six games

Should Lampard take over at Selhurst Park then he will have a massive rebuild on his hands with 11 players out of contract this summer.

This includes striker Christian Benteke, who has been in brilliant form in recent weeks, Gary Cahill,  Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt. 

The speculation surrounding Zaha, as it does every summer, is likely to return once the transfer window opens.

Palace have already been linked to players like West Brom’s Matheus Pereira and Marko Arnautovic, despite not having a manager.

Whoever goes into the club will have a tough job on their hands.