Crystal Palace must avoid former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard this summer as they continue to search for Roy Hodgson’s successor.
What’s the story?
It seemed as though ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was set to fill the Selhurst Park vacancy earlier in the week before some last-minute demands from the Portuguese tactician saw the deal collapse.
According to The Mirror, Lampard is now back in the running to fill the Selhurst Park vacancy, with Swansea’s Steve Cooper and Burnley’s Sean Dyche also in the mix.
Worse than Nuno Espirito Santo
The retired England international was sacked as the Blues boss back in January after just 18 months at the helm of the west London outfit.
Lampard took over from Maurizio Sarri in 2019, guiding Chelsea to a fourth-place finish in his first season in charge, but a poor start to 2020/21 saw the capital club fall to ninth in the Premier League table after 19 games, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United and five points off Liverpool in fourth.
It was only the 42-year-old’s second managerial position after a single campaign with Championship outfit Derby County and it perhaps came too soon for Lampard.
His exciting, attacking style won several plaudits throughout his time in the dugout, although a win percentage of 46.2% sees him lagging behind previous candidate Espirito Santo, who boasts a 47.8% success rate.
Although football isn’t always this black and white, in management, the numbers very rarely lie, and these figures indicate that turning to Lampard would represent a compromise in Palace’s managerial pursuit.
After all, the Englishman has been available for many months, so if chairman Steve Parish was definitely sure the young manager was the right man for the job, he would surely have appointed him by now.
Lampard may go on to have an excellent career in the dugout and lead one of his future sides to glory, but the huge task awaiting Hodgson’s replacement at Selhurst Park requires a more experienced head given the sheer amount of turnover that’s expected to take place in terms of the playing squad.
The former England boss brought stability to south London, yet has left behind a side in a state of disrepair. Parish is better off turning to someone who has been there and seen it all before, rather than someone who is still very much learning the ropes.