Frank Lampard sounded out over potential Premier League return

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Frank Lampard could be back in the Premier League next campaign with Crystal Palace, who look unlikely to retain the services of Roy Hodgson.

The former England manager was appointed Eagles coach back in September 2017, and he was tasked with rescuing a team that looked bound for relegation having made a poor start to life under Frank de Boer.

Hodgson has comfortably helped Palace maintain their top flight status ever since, without threatening to build a side capable of achieving anything more than a mid-table finish in England.

The 73-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the season and although no decision has been made on his future, The Transfer Window podcast claim it is unlikely that he will be offered a new contract.

Palace were keen on Burnley’s Sean Dyche in the past, but are believed to have switched their focus to Lampard who has already been ‘sounded out’.

Lampard enjoyed a successful first campaign at Chelsea, securing Champions League qualification despite being unable to sign new players, but failed to capitalise on overseeing a near unprecedented spending spree last summer window and paid with his job in January.

He is now keen to make a return to management but will assess all of his options before making a decision on his next project.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his Chelsea exit last week, he said: ‘I have [thought about returning to management] and I’ve had some opportunities that have come up in the last six week to two months which have been flattering and very nice but were not the right thing.

‘It was certainly the time for me to take a step out having been managing for two and a half years full pelt and having the family situation.

‘The opportunities were not quite right but I think about it and it would be something I am very keen to do, at the right time, at the right place.

‘As much as I am resting and recuperating and stepping away from the game, my eyes are always on it,’ he said. ‘Certainly I’m always going over things that have happened in the past two and a half years, looking forward to things that may come.

‘I’m always obviously watching football, trying to learn, trying to get better as we all do in this game. You never stop learning. I will try and find the right time, the right opportunity and I am very keen to get working again.’


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