Lampard ‘fears’ force him to ‘sensationally’ bow out of Palace race

Joe Williams
Frank Lampard Chelsea
Frank Lampard Chelsea

Frank Lampard has pulled out of the race to succeed Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace manager, according to reports.

The former Derby County boss has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea at the end of January and replacing him with Thomas Tuchel.

Having led them to a top four finish last season, Lampard was shown the door this term with the Blues floundering outside the Champions League places.

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Palace announced on Tuesday that Hodgson would step down at the end of the season with the Englishman insisting he will not manage in the top flight again.

The current terms of the 73-year-old’s deal will expire in the summer and he will depart Selhurst Park after the final match of the campaign against Liverpool on Sunday.

That led to rumours about who could replace Hodgson with Lampard one name linked immediately.

Fabrizio Romano claimed that talks between Lampard and Palace were ‘progressing’ and that Lampard was already identifying transfer targets.

But Football Insider now claims that Lampard ‘has sensationally pulled out of the race to be the new Crystal Palace manager’ after emerging as a strong contender.

The Chelsea legend has ‘informed the Premier League club that he no longer wants to be considered for the vacant post’ in what the report describes as a ‘major surprise’.

With lots of Palace players out of contract at the end of June, Lampard views it as a ‘huge rebuilding job and fears they will get sucked into a relegation battle next season’.

The Eagles owner Steve Parish had ‘thrown his weight behind Lampard’ as he believed the former England international was the man to ‘implement a more attractive playing style’.

Meanwhile, when announcing he would be stepping down, Hodgson revealed how he had been “contemplating this decision for some time”.

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

“It’s been a particularly rewarding period of my football life and career to have been able to spend these last four seasons with Palace. I feel now that at the end of another successful season, in which we have secured our Premier League status, the moment is right for me to step down from my responsibilities of being a full-time manager.

“I have had so much support from my wife and family throughout my career and I have been contemplating this decision for some time, and now I believe the time is right to consider them and to see what the future holds for me.”