Lucien Favre turns down the Crystal Palace offer at the last minute. The Skysports news revealed last Friday that Palace was keen to speak to Favre, who was sacked as Borussia Dortmund manager last December. He had agreed to become the new Palace manager and replaced Roy Hodgson, who left the role at the end of the 2020/21 season.
The finalising of contracts with his backroom team was keeping Palace from officially announcing his appointment. The last-minute backoff is a significant blow to Palace as transfer plans with Favre were already underway. Lucien had become the frontrunner for the role after talks with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo broke down. Place initial preference was to appoint a manager with Premier League experience but with time the club has relaxed its requirement to help speed up the appointment.
Favre’s reputation for developing youth players had got attention to the Premier League side, who are insistent their next boss integrates players from their successful academy. The Eagles had also considered Frank Lampard, Patrick Vieira and Swansea manager Steve Cooper. Hodgson departed his boyhood club after four years in charge and guided the Eagles to a 14th-placed finish in the top flight in his final season.