Crystal Palace are set to appoint Lucien Favre as their new manager after the former Borussia Dortmund manager agreed a three-year deal to succeed Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park.
The 63-year-old held positive talks with Palace’s hierachy over the weekend, with sources close to Favre admitting he had been impressed with their plans. The former Switzerland midfielder was identified as Palace chairman Steve Parish and sporting director Dougie Freedman’s preferred candidate after they abandoned negotiations with Nuno Espírito Santo.
But despite late interest from Everton, Favre is understood to have been attracted by Palace’s proposal to manage in the Premier League for the first time in his career having also been courted by Fenerbahce and Lille. He is now expected to be appointed in the coming days as Palace attempt to secure a work permit for only the second overseas manager in the club’s history.
Frank De Boer – who has guided the Netherlands to top spot in their group at Euro 2020 with three victories – lasted for only 77 days in 2017 before he was replaced by Hodgson. Before joining Dortmund in 2018, Favre guided Nice to Champions League qualification during two seasons in Ligue 1 and he has also managed Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hertha Berlin.