Crystal Palace could be closing in on their ideal Roy Hodgson successor after holding talks with former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre.
What’s the story?
According to Ed Aarons of The Guardian, the 63-year-old tactician has held talks with the Eagles, and he is interested in filling the vacancy at Selhurst Park.
However, it’s also claimed that Favre is attracting offers and interest from other clubs, including from the Premier League, so Palace may have to move quickly in order to secure their man.
Fans should be buzzing
The south London outfit have been searching for Hodgson’s replacement for several weeks now, and it seemed as though ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was set for the role until that deal broke down at the last minute.
He’s established a solid reputation across the continent in recent years, guiding Nice to a third-place finish in Ligue 1 before achieving consecutive second-place finishes with Dortmund in his only two full seasons in charge at the Signal Iduna Park.
The Swiss manager has a history of building exciting, attractive teams throughout his career and has also overseen the development of many young prospects, attributes which have seemingly caught the eye of Palace chairman Steve Parish.
With a highly respectable win rate of 49% from his 796 games in management, Favre ticks many boxes for the capital club.
They need an experienced head to oversee a major squad overhaul following Hodgson’s departure, while the club’s hierarchy are thought to also want someone capable of implementing a modern, forward-thinking style of play.
Therefore, the news that Palace have opened talks with Favre will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing as he seems like the ideal man as he is a hugely experienced manager who likes his teams to play on the front foot.
His arrival at Selhurst Park would be seen as a major coup for the Eagles as they enter a potential turbulent summer, and he has the potential to be the most significant addition Parish makes over the coming months.
The fact that Favre would be interested in a move to Palace should be music to the ears of Eagles fans, now it’s up to the club to get a deal done to get him in the Selhurst Park hot seat.