Lucien Favre agrees contract with Crystal Palace

Joshua Hall
Lucien Favre Crystal Palace
Lucien Favre

Lucien Favre is set to sign on as manager at Crystal Palace after agreeing a contract with the club until June 2024.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager is likely to be announced as the new Palace boss by the end of the week subject to approval of his work permit.

Favre was sacked by the German club in December 2020 following a 5-1 defeat to Stuttgart and the Swiss manager has been without a club since.

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The Eagles have been searching for a replacement for Roy Hodgson who spent four years managing the club, but stepped down at the end of his contract following last season’s climax.

The club had previously been negotiating with former Wolves boss Nuno Espírito Santo, but talks broke down between the two and the club turned their attention to Favre.

Palace finished 14th in the league last season and Favre will face a challenge to keep hold of star player’s such as Wilfried Zaha after he told the club he wants to leave this summer.

The London club’s chairman, Steve Parish, spoke to the BBC about the manager search describing it as “challenging” and admitting the process is taking longer than he would like.

“It’s challenging obviously. There’s not a lack of people who would like to come and manage Crystal Palace in the Premier League, we’re very fortunate with that.

“You have to try to get it right. Outside pressures, I see all sorts of stuff that’s written, and the really important thing is we block that out because the only thing that matters in the end is that we win football matches.

“We have to find the right person to help us do that. Not only immediately, but also to help us with the young players we want to bring through.

“Someone who will work with us to develop the club, will understand that in the background the club is going somewhere with the new academy. The next big project will be to look to the main stand and we will start giving that momentum again.

“So it’s a big decision. These things take longer than you would like them to.”