Crystal Palace Will Name Lucien Favre as New Coach – Pending Work Permit

Lucien Favre, Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Lucien Favre, Head Coach of Borussia Dortmund (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) /

Crystal Palace could make their new manager announcement very soon with the club a work permit away from agreeing to a deal to bring in ex-Borussia Dortmund boss, Lucien Favre, to replace the departed Roy Hodgson.

After a disappointing season where Crystal Palace finished closer to relegation than they did the top 10, Roy Hodgson was allowed to leave at the conclusion of his contract. For the first time since 2017, Crystal Palace were looking for a new manager to turn the tides on their fortunes.

Now that a thorough search has been completed, it looks like Lucien Favre is set to become the new manager ahead of the upcoming season. It is being reported that the deal signed will see Favre stay at Selhurst Park until 2024.

Who is Lucien Favre?

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Lucien Favre is a very experienced manager who is coming over to the Premier League from the Bundesliga.

He spent around 3 seasons as the head coach of Borussia Dortmund, one of the top clubs in the German top-flight. After a very short turnaround, he is now set to make the move over to Crystal Palace.

Throughout Lucien Favre’s career, he has also spent time as the head coach of Zurich, Hertha BSC, Borussia Monchengladbach and Nice.

The Swiss International will be marking his first time coaching within the Premier League. Palace will need Lucien Favre to acclimate quickly so that they can make a move up the table next season.

How can Lucien Favre improve Crystal Palace next season?

There is definitely a lot to improve with Crystal Palace for next season and not all of it can be solved by Lucien Favre. The Eagles did not have a very good defense last campaign and that is definitely something that will require improvement.

They were one of five clubs to concede 60 or more goals last term, with 66 goals let in. Only Southampton (68 goals conceded) and relegated West Brom conceded more than Palace (72 goals conceded).

It’s yet to be seen how Favre will look to line up the team next season, but utilizing a more defensive lineup may be useful.

Adding confusion to the dilemma is their 22 players who are out of contract by June 30th. One good piece of news is that for the time being Wilfried Zaha is still at the club.

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He is one of the best attackers in the Premier League and if he stays, will easily be the most important player in the team. Hopefully, Favre and the club can build around Zaha and improve their results next season.

How will Lucien Favre fare at Crystal Palace next season?