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Next Crystal Palace manager odds: Lampard heads 10-man shortlist

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After Roy Hodgson confirmed his decision to step down, Crystal Palace are on the lookout for a new manager.

Roy Hodgson has announced his decision to step down as Crystal Palace boss at the end of the season.

The Premier League’s oldest-ever manager’s future was in doubt for some time before Tuesday’s announcement, where he confirmed his exit from both the club and the English top-flight.

“After more than 45 years of coaching I have decided that the time is right for me to step away from the rigors of top-flight Premier League football, so our final two matches will be my last ones as manager of Crystal Palace,” Hodgson said in a statement.

The 73-year-old has coached the likes of Inter Milan, Liverpool, and the England national team, and will prove a tough man to replace at Selhurst Park.

Lampard is the clear frontrunner for the Eagles job

Nonetheless, Betfair has drawn up a shortlist with candidates ready for the job. Frank Lampard is the clear odds-on favorite at 1.36 ahead of Sean Dyche (5.0) and Steve Cooper (6.0).

The former Chelsea manager is already ‘in contact’ with Palace, according to Fabrizio Romano. Talks are progressing at this stage. They’ve even discussed Slavia Prague forward Abdallah Sima as a transfer target, suggesting an appointment is imminent.

So it’s not surprising to see Betfair install Lampard as the favorite.

Burnley boss Dyche and Swansea City coach Cooper are Lampard’s closest challengers.

1.Frank Lampard1.36
2.Sean Dyche5.0
3.Steve Cooper6.0
4.Valerien Ismael8.5
5.Scott Parker9.5
6.Eddie Howe12.0
7.Patrick Viera14.0
8.John Terry21.0
9.Dougie Freedman21.0
10.David Moyes26.0

Valerien Ismael, who has led Barnsley to the Championship playoff this season, lies fourth on the list at 8.5.

Fulham boss Scott Parker, meanwhile, is up in fifth with a respectable 9.5. The 40-year-old has impressed in the Premier League and is reportedly a target for Tottenham.

Former Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe, who is on Celtic’s radar, is also a candidate. As are ex-Arsenal and Chelsea captains Patrick Vieira and John Terry respectively.

Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman and West Ham boss David Moyes round off the top 10.