Crystal Palace are set to appoint former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre as their new manager after he agreed terms on a three-year deal.
The Eagles have been searching for Roy Hodgson’s successor for over a month, but the pursuit appears to be drawing to a close after the 63-year-old held positive talks with the club’s hierarchy over the weekend.
According to Ed Aarons of The Guardian, sources close to Favre revealed he is impressed with the plans put forward by the south London outfit and hs appointment is expected to be announced in the coming days after securing a work permit.
The retired Switzerland midfielder was identified as the primary target by Palace chairman Steve Parish after negotiations with ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo collapsed at the last minute.
Favre will be just the second overseas manager in the capital club’s history after the nightmare 77-day spell of Frank De Boer back in 2017.
Hodgson replaced the Dutchman and brought stability to Selhurst Park throughout his four-year stint at the helm, but the arrival of Favre will be a much-needed boost.
With over a dozen players set to become free agents at the end of the month, talisman Wilfried Zaha angling for a move away, and creative force Eberechi Eze out injured until the new year, a daunting task awaits the tactician.
However, Favre’s appointment will be seen as a major coup by Parish and co. He’s cultivated a solid reputation for playing an exciting, attacking brand of football and has overseen the development of several top young talents.
After guiding French outfit Nice to a highly impressive third-place finish in Ligue 1, he took charge of Dortmund, recording consecutive second-place finishes in his only two full seasons at the Signal Iduna Park.
Therefore, the Palace supporters will surely be buzzing at his imminent arrival. The combination of exciting football, experience and a history of developing young players is an ideal cocktail for the Eagles, and he should bring a new wave of hope and optimism to south London.