With the managerial role still vacant at Selhurst Park and after months of speculation, it has been reported by The Guardian that Crystal Palace is set to appoint the Swiss as their new manager for the upcoming season and sign him on a three year deal.
Is Favre the perfect Replacement for Roy Hodgson?
The 63 year old former Swiss midfielder was identified as the perfect candidate to succeed Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park. Positive talks were held between Lucien Favre and the Palace hierarchy comprising of Chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman.
Lucien Favre was sacked by Borussia Dortmund in December 2020 after Dortmund’s 5-1 loss at home to newly promoted Stuttgart left them reeling behind leaders Bayern Munich who eventually went on to win the Bundesliga. Favre was appointed by Dortmund in 2018 and a decent stint with the German club before he was sacked. Lucien Favre had guided Nice to Champions League qualification before he joined Dortmund,
Lucien Favre attracted interest from Everton who are in the hunt for a new manager after Carlo Ancelotti decided to switch back to Real Madrid. However Favre seemed to be impressed by Crystal Palace’s plan and proposal and he will be managing an English Premier League club for the first time in his career. Crystal Palace will be looking to secure a work permit for Lucien Favre who will be only the second overseas manager of the club in their entire history.
Crystal Palace abandons Nuno’s pursuit
Crystal Palace has decided to abandon negotiation with Nuno Espirito Santo and the deal seems to have fallen through. Nuno Espirito is available as manager after he ended terms with Wolves this season, after guiding the Wolves to promotion to the Premier League and establishing them as a mid-club for the past few years. It seems Nuno Espirito might be courted by Everton who are looking for a managerial candidate too.
Crystal Palace have avoided relegation this season and finished 14th under manager Roy Hodgson who stepped down at the end of this season and retiring from his managerial career. Roy Hodgson has managed to avoid relegation with crystal palace since he replaced Frank De Boer, who lasted just 77 days with Crystal Palace back in 2017.
It will be interesting to see how far above Crystal Palace can climb in the upcoming season under Lucien Favre.