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Frank Lampard becomes leading contender for job at Premier League club

Frank Lampard becomes a leading contender for the manager’s job at a Premier League club, according to reports on Thursday morning.

Four months after being sacked as Chelsea boss, Lampard looks a firm favourite for the Crystal Palace hotseat, and he is very keen, as the club considers parting company with Roy Hodgson.

If Lampard were to land the Palace job, he would likely have to make big scale changes to the squad, with 11 players set to reach the end of their contracts in June.

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It would be no surprise to see the 42-year-old go in Stamford Bridge for some of his former players this summer – and that in turn would boost Thomas Tuchel’s transfer money.

Top of Lampard’s shopping list would most likely be Tammy Abraham, with the striker having fallen out of favour under Tuchel.

The 23-year-old was the Blues’s top scorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions, having also played under Lampard on loan at Derby County.

Palace seem to have run their course under the 73 year old, currently sitting in 13th place of the Premier League table and look safe for another season.

The South London side want to revamp their squad in the summer with a host of players out of contract and the average age of the squad also needs to be cut.

Roy Hodgson’s deal expires in June and he is yet to be offered an extension.

Frank Lampard recently turned down interest in becoming the new Bournemouth manager, feeling he’s still good enough for the top flight.

He is currently assessing his options before returning to management after leaving Chelsea in January. He has also been linked with the England U21s job.

Lampard is well known for focusing on youth players and turning them into first team regulars during his spell as manager of Derby County and Chelsea which will no doubt appeal to the FA.

The former England midfielder, who netted 29 times in 106 international appearances, has help the development of several home-grown stars during his short time in management.

Most famously, Lampard gave Mason Mount his Chelsea debut having managed the England international on loan at the Rams.

The former Champions League and three-time Premier League winner is seen as someone who would certainly garner the respect of England’s youth players having risen through the ranks himself, making 19 appearances for the Under-21s between 1997 and 2000.

Fans reacted as Frank Lampard becomes the leading contender for the job at a Premier League club…

@Bluenose_Andy: If any manager does replace Hodgson they need to be backed with investment. Roy’s been getting a tune out of an ageing squad but with many out of contract and needing to be replaced a summer rebuild needs to happen. If not it could be a poisoned chalice for whoever takes over.

@RobWhit28130167: Yes absolutely the right man to take Palace down to the Championship.

@whiteshark46: The issue for Lampard with me would be his longevity. If successful he’d move on quickly to a “bigger club”. If not successful, then the axe. Either way stability would be an issue.

@RomfordRoger: Can’t be any worse than what we have got from Roy.

@d0nkeydr0p: It would be really tough job with Zaha (their best player) waiting to leave & the oldest squad in the league I believe… needs an overhaul! Great fans though… 👏🏼

@StuartHodge: he spent a fortune and couldnt get them to play

@NoContextHumour: Good appointment for us if it happens, allows the youth to come through and the football would be what we’re looking for plus he’ll play to our players strengths

@s_cpfc: If we get Lampard then Guehi and Gallagher become priorities surely

@CPFCMax03: We’d be good at attacking under Lampard but defensively I’d be worried

@sxp55555: #Lampard at #CPFC bringing @RLC and @tammyabraham with him. Yes please

@shave_stuart: All behind Lampard being appointed. Also believe if true, Hodgson has been consulted on this as to who he think could move the club on and RH will be kept on in some capacity ‘upstairs’ with Freedman. #cpfc

@SPrescott1981: Sounds like Frank Lampard will be the man to replace Roy at Palace. Rumour not going away if anything getting stronger by the day. #cpfc #roy #lampard

@LeeJack1905: I think Lampard will be a good choice. He’s my favourite

@CPFC_GH: I can get excited by Lampard being in charge. Big risk but could be fun and could lead to a fun type of football

@SE25ADS: I’ve wanted Lampard all along but always felt I was in the minority

@SP_Morse: Couldn’t do it at Chelsea with a tonne of cash. Can’t see him getting any joy at Palace.

@TacticalCFC: Massive downgrade for Palace

@Alitheeagle1: Lampard is my first choice but on the condition it’s with an experienced defensive coach alongside him. People have forgot far too easily that he got Derby to a playoff final , Chelsea in top 4 with an embargo and left them in last 16 of CL league. #CPFC

@Alexjackd: Lampard is NOT the one #cpfc

@TedJoyce_: Hope Palace fans enjoy the Championship, it can be a very entertaining league and I’m sure with the parachute money they’ll be back ASAP

@stevenffc123: That’s my relegation bet sorted for. Next season

@Zack_fortag: Said this ages ago that this would be a good fit would love to see this happen if Roy leaves at the end of the season

@MichaelZdenek: Honestly can’t tell which way this will go. On one hand he would get the best out of the attacking players and possibly bring in some decent transfers. On the other hand he’s the complete antithesis to Hodgson, they’re losing a lot of players and he has a complete rebuild

@kelvinbossman: Hope lamps gets the job and can take Tammy Abraham with him. Lad needs to play.

@Amonmrk: Really? I could think of many better managers that could do a job for Crystal Palace rather than this guy getting it based on his name

@GilesyL14: Everything I’ve seen & read points to Lampard not being our first choice. I’d actually imagine he wants us more than we want him 🤷🏻‍♂️ #cpfc

@Samadamson07: Perfect club for frank, done a brilliant job first season with chelsea but fell slightly short this season. Palace will be a fantastic learning curve

@RichardMorgan84: So overrated

@JamescjUre: Couldn’t do it with hundreds of millions spent…do we think he’s going to do better when the transfer budget it measured in pennies?

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