Lucien Favre is reportedly close to accepting the manager’s job at Crystal Palace.
What’s the story?
According to Simon Jones in the Daily Mail, the Eagles have held positive talks with the 63-year-old over the vacancy at Selhurst Park, with the Swiss native understood to be close to accepting the club’s offer to succeed Roy Hodgson after deliberating over the weekend.
Jones added that Favre has also been proposed to Everton but is leaning towards the vacancy in south London instead.
Fans will be buzzing
Favre has cultivated a strong reputation for producing teams which play an attractive brand of football throughout his career, as well as being adept at nurturing young talent.
After spells in charge of Servette and FC Zurich in his homeland, he took charge of Hertha Berlin and established himself as one of the most well-respected head coaches in the Bundesliga. Impressive spells at Borussia Monchengladbach and French outfit Nice followed, but it was at Dortmund where he really catapulted himself onto the biggest stage.
At Signal Iduna Park, Favre oversaw consecutive second-place finishes and was instrumental in the development of top-class talents such as Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
His arrival at Palace would be seen as a significant coup by the capital club, and news that he is close to accepting the Eagles’ offer over a move to Everton will surely have Palace supporters buzzing.
Although Hodgson brought stability to the south London outfit during his four-year stay, the former England boss has left them in a precarious position. The first team squad needs a major overhaul, talisman Wilfried Zaha is lining himself up for a move away, and key creative force Eberechi Eze is out injured until the new year.
In Favre, the Eagles have found the best of both worlds. He plays an entertaining style while also having nearly 800 games in management under his belt.
It remains to be seen whether he puts pen to paper and makes the move to the Premier League, but his potential arrival will surely delight the Selhurst Park fanbase.