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Frank Lampard sounded out over potential Premier League managerial return


Frank Lampard has been out of work since his Chelsea sacking back in January (Picture: Getty)

Frank Lampard could be back in the Premier League next season with Crystal Palace, who look increasingly unlikely to retain the services of Roy Hodgson.

The former England manager was appointed Eagles boss back in September 2017, tasked with rescuing a side that looked bound for relegation having made a disastrous start to life under Frank de Boer.

Hodgson ultimately performed a successful salvage operation and has comfortably helped Palace maintain their top flight status ever since, without threatening to build a team capable of achieving anything more than a mid-table finish.

The 73-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and although no definitive decision has been made on his future, The Transfer Window podcast reports it is increasingly unlikely that he will be offered a new deal.

Palace have coveted Burnley’s Sean Dyche in the past, but are said to have switched their focus to Lampard who has already been ‘sounded out’.

Lampard enjoyed a successful first season at the Stamford Bridge helm, securing Champions League qualification despite being unable to sign new players, but failed to capitalise on overseeing a near unprecedented spending spree last summer and paid with his job in January.

Roy Hodgson appears likely to leave Crystal Palace at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

The 42-year-old is keen to make a return to management but will assess all of his options before deciding on his next project.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his painful Chelsea departure last week, he said: ‘I have [thought about returning to management] and I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six week to two months which have been flattering and very nice but were not the right thing.

‘It was certainly the time for me to take a step out having been managing for two and a half years full pelt and having the family situation.

‘The opportunities were not quite right but I think about it and it would be something I am very keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.

‘As much as I am resting and recuperating and stepping away from the game, my eyes are always on it,’ he said. ‘Certainly I’m always going over things that have happened in the past two and a half years, looking forward to things that may come.

‘I’m always obviously watching football, trying to learn, trying to get better as we all do in this game. You never stop learning. I will try and find the right time, the right opportunity and I am very keen to get working again.’


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