Frank Lampard leading the race for Premier League job

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is on the shortlist of names that will replace Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace manager in the summer if the Eagles decide it is time to part ways with their veteran boss when his contract expires.

Roy Hodgson’s current deal expires in the summer and although a final decision is yet to be made, Palace are considering their best options as a replacement for the English manager who turns 74 in August.

A report by The Telegraph suggests that a shortlist has been drawn at Selhurst Park and that Lampard is topping the list.

Other candidates on the list include Burnley’s Sean Dyche and former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe who still remains out of a job despite being consistently linked with the job at Celtic.

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According to The Telegraph, Lampard is presently ahead of Dyche and Howe although he has the least experience in management amongst them. It is believed that Lampard’s chances are being favored by his connections at former club Chelsea where he can hunt for signings.

It is believed that Tammy Abraham will leave Chelsea in the summer whilst the likes of Billy Gilmour may be available on loan and the Eagles are reportedly interested in the two players.

However, it remains to be seen whether Lampard would be interested in the job at Selhurst Park after seeing a promising managerial start to life at Chelsea cut short with his sack in January after 18 months in charge.

Meanwhile, a rebuilding process is expected at Selhurst Park this summer with notable investment to ensure that the team’s overaged squad is overhauled.

This appears to be an exciting project but anyone who takes over will have to start from scratch and will be expected to better Roy Hodgson’s steady performances at the club.