Roy Hodgson left Crystal Palace in the Premier League once again, so he decided to retire. Thus, the management of the club from Selhurst set out in search of a new head of the profession, negotiated for months with numerous experts, and finally decided on an experienced Swiss - Lucien Favre.
According to the English media, among them the reliable Athletic and Sky Sports, the former coach of Nice and Borussia Dortmund has reached an agreement with the London team and will sign three-year cooperation in the coming days.
The fact that the English club initiated the process of securing a work permit for a new coach also shows that the decision was made. The 63-year-old expert left Borussia Dortmund seven months ago, and recently held talks with Fenerbahce and Lille.
However, in negotiations with Palace, he tried to let the management of the club from London know that he is warmed up for working in the Premier League. With the arrival of Favre, there will certainly be a big change in the philosophy of the Eagles' game.
The team led by Luka Milivojević as a captain on the field played defensive football under Hodgson in the past years, while in the attack they were led by Wilfrid Zaha. That gave results. They won many matches to survive in the highest rank without major problems, and the management was satisfied.
However, the decision was made to turn over a new page, as Favre is known as a coach who cultivates an attacking style of football. In all the clubs in which he worked, he gave the opportunity to young players, which was especially important for the management of Crystal Palace, which has to change generations in the playing staff.
Before the Swiss coach, Palace negotiated with many experts. Among the candidates were Sean Dyche, Frank Lampard, Patrick Vieira, Steve Cooper, Paulo Fonseca, Valerien Ismael, Chris Wilder, and Eddie Howe. It seemed that Nuno Espirito Santo would take over the Eagles, a club from London was willing to hire him when it became clear that he was leaving Wolverhampton, but in the end, the two sides did not find a common language.
After four seasons under Hodgson, Crystal Palace need a refreshment. At the end of the month, as many as 11 players will be left without a contract, Andros Townsend, Gary Cahill, and Joel Ward could get a new contract, while Christian Benteke has already extended his loyalty to the club.
It will be necessary to bring players according to Favre's taste, and the arrival of a proven coach could convince Zaha not to change the environment.