FRANK LAMPARD is the odds-on favourite to replace Roy Hodgson following confirmation he will leave Crystal Palace at the end of the season.
Lampard is already in talks to replace Hodgson, according to reports this week.
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And Palace have now confirmed Hodgson’s departure ahead of their game with Arsenal tonight and the final day of the season on Sunday where they face Liverpool.
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.”
And Lampard, axed by Chelsea in January looks set to take over with Betfair pricing him at 4/11 to be the club’s next boss.
Next Crystal Palace Manager odds – Betfair
- Frank Lampard 4/11
- Sean Dyche 4/1
- Steve Cooper 5/1
- Valerian Ismael 15/2
- Scott Parker 17/2
- Eddie Howe 11/1
- Patrick Vieira 13/1
- John Terry 20/1
- Dougie Freedman 20/1
- David Moyes 25/1
- Sam Allardyce 25/1
- Chris Wilder 25/1
- Rafa Benitez 33/1
- Phil Neville 33/1
- Laurent Blanc 33/1
- Neil Warnock 33/1
- Michael Carrick 33/1
- Lee Johnson 33/1
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He is followed in the betting by Burnley boss Sean Dyche at 4/1 and Steve Cooper at 5/1.
Eddie Howe, thought to be close to the Celtic job is 11/1 while John Terry is 20/1.
On Hodgson’s departure Palace chaiman Steve Parish said: “It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside Roy, who is both a magnificent human and an outstanding football manager.
"I know how much it has meant to Roy managing the club he supported as a child, adding to his distinguished and unparalleled career in football management.
“His record with us simply cannot be overstated, he is the only Palace manager to secure four years in the Premier League and he has helped give us stability in the most turbulent of times.
"We will be forever grateful for his immense contribution and I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to show our appreciation at Selhurst Park after the Arsenal match, alongside 6,500 supporters.
“Roy will leave us after our final Premier League match of the season with our enormous thanks for his incredible contribution to our club, and with our very best wishes for the future.”
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