Three managers have been named on Crystal Palace’s shortlist to replace Roy Hodgson with his contract coming to an end this summer.
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.
Eddie Howe is on a three-man Crystal Palace shortlist and is said to have spoken to the club after stalling over Celtic, the ever reliable Football Insider have revealed.
A Palace source tells Football Insider the club’s top three targets are Howe, Frank Lampard and Burnley manager Sean Dyche.
The report adds: “They have sounded out all three about their interest in the post, where Hodgson, has been in charge for the past four years.
“The source explained that Howe, 43, and Dyche are the two who figure most prominently in the thoughts of Palace chiefs, with Lampard currently third choice.
“This site revealed last week that Palace have already made contact with Burnley boss Sean Dyche and spoke to him in January, while we explained last Friday (April 9th) that Howe had also held talks with the club.
“Celtic still hold out hopes of appointing Howe although their chances of doing so have diminished considerably over the last week.
“The ex-Bournemouth boss reached a verbal agreement with Celtic following talks in London before having second thoughts.
“The Scottish giants are assessing alternative options to Howe amid fears he is using their interest as leverage with Premier League sides.
“The 43-year-old accepted the Hoops’ “wonderful” offer presented a fortnight ago before it emerged via Sky Sports he does not plan to return to management until the summer at the earliest.
“Bu that point, Celtic had already made contact with former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre.”
Eddie Howe has been linked with many clubs for the manager’s position for however long he stays unemployed.
The 42-year-old guided the Cherries to more than 450 games across two spells spanning more than a decade but stepped down this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Their five-year stay in the top flight ended despite a 3-1 win at Everton on the final day of the season.
Howe also made more than 300 appearances as a player in the famous red and black stripes.
Howe was initially appointed AFC Bournemouth caretaker manager in December 2008, with the club sitting on -17 points at the bottom of the Football League.
Against all the odds he secured their safety and followed it with promotion from League Two the following season.
After a brief spell in charge of Burnley, a masterstroke from owner Maxim Demin bought Howe back to Dorset, and he then proceeded to achieve two further promotions in three seasons, leading the Cherries to the Premier League, where they remained for five years.
Frank Lampard, who was most recently sacked by Chelsea, 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 been linked laready 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.
There is the potential that the Clarets chief might end up choosing to walk away from Turf Moor at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Dyche has two years left on his contract, but could be set to walk away prematurely from his deal due to growing frustrations in which he is disappointed by the failure to agree contract extensions for senior players.
Despite the lack of resources available, Dyche started the 20/21 campaign campaign impressively at Turf Moor, in the top 10 for much of the first 10 games of the season, however the Lancashire side have since fallen to 15th spot in the Premier League.
Dyche is optimistic about plans for Burnley following “healthy and open” talks with new chairman Alan Pace.
Fans reacted with three managers named on Crystal Palace’s shortlist to replace Roy Hodgson…
@AaronPorter: I genuinely feel either of these 3 managers present a higher risk of relegation than Hodgson. Yes, the football might be more exciting (under Howe or Lampard), but if our chances of going down increase it’s not worth it for me. I’m especially worried if it’s Lampard.
@AaronCu36671808: Na we would stay up but we would have to get used to a different style
@Bunds_: Howe or Lampard fit the youth rebuild so much better
@mainstand_eagle: Lampard 🤞🏻
@bc_157: Now things are getting interesting #CPFC
@joelcpfc_: I’m absolutely fine with any of these 3
@Mark_CPFC: Just want attacking football
@cpfcboiling: Go on Lampard
@APftbl: Bring me lampard
@liamb0117: They’ve got me begging for Howe or Dyche ffs
In that order
@MATTT046: PLEASE NOT SEAN DYCHE
@Alex_Duncan_2: I have no idea whether Sean #Dyche is even a possible future manager @CPFC but people are talking about it. All I know is that every time I hear him speak about coaching and people development, he exudes class. If he was available it would be daft not to employ him! #CPFC