On the latest episode of the Transfer Window podcast, Duncan Castles disclosed how Crystal Palace have ‘been in contact’ with Frank Lampard.
Roy Hodgson’s contract expires at Selhurst Park over the summer, and it’s still unknown whether the 73-year-old will extend his stay with the south London outfit, leading to speculation that a new man could be at the helm for 2021/22.
According to Castles, Lampard is one candidate who is in the running to replace the former England boss if he does depart in the coming months, and the club’s hierarchy has reportedly already made an initial approach.
He said: (15:38) “It’s my understanding that they’ve been in contact with Frank Lampard, which I think is not a great surprise given that he is available after being dismissed by Chelsea. Obviously, a Londoner, based in London, you can see the kind of appeal of bringing Lampard to Crystal Palace, what that would have for the ownership there.
“I think that the interesting part is whether they can convince Lampard, who’s recently talked about how the spell in which he has been out of the game and the nature of lockdown has given him time to spend with his family and to live his life in a way that he’s never really had the opportunity to live before.
“And he has quite enjoyed that. And it’s made him think a bit differently about the game and about his lifestyle, not that he doesn’t want to go back into football, but I think might be more because considered in his choice and not in such a hurry to get back into the game.”
TIF Thoughts on Lampard to Palace…
Hodgson has done an impressive job at Palace, recording an 11th place finish in 2017/18 and avoiding any serious relegation battles throughout his four seasons.
Therefore, the potential appointment of Lampard could be a logical solution. Although the 42-year-old is lacking in experience, he showed potential at Chelsea and got his team playing an exciting style and scoring a lot of goals. In the 2019/20 campaign, only Manchester City (102) and Liverpool (85) scored more Premier League goals than his Blues side (69).