Crystal Palace wants a balanced backroom staff for Roy Hodgson’s successor, as the Selhurst Park outfit seeks an experienced coach alongside every potential new boss – with Frank Lampard, Sean Dyche and Chris Wilder among the lead candidates.
- Crystal Palace is planning for next season, with Roy Hodgson expected to leave
- The 73-year-old’s future remains in the air, but his contract expires this summer
- Frank Lampard, Sean Dyche, Chris Wilder, Steve Cooper and Valerien Ismael are among the leading candidates to succeed current Palace manager
Crystal Palace wants an experienced coach to work with their next manager as the club prepares for life after Roy Hodgson.
While sources are adamant that no final decision has been made on whether Hodgson will leave when his contract expires next weekend, players and staff are confident that the clash against Liverpool on May 23 will be his last.
Behind the scenes, extensive work has begun on identifying candidates to replace Hodgson if the veteran coach leaves at the end of the season, as the club is determined to lower the players’ average for next season, regardless of whether the 73- year old leaves.
Roy Hodgson’s future at Crystal Palace increasingly looks set to come to an end
Frank Lampard, Sean Dyche, Chris Wilder, Steve Cooper and Valerien Ismael are among the names in the race for the position, but that process is accelerating quickly.
The administrators involved are expected to be aware of Palace’s importance.
And if Palace eventually chooses a younger boss to replace Hodgson, the club will ensure that an experienced coach is part of the new man’s staff.
There is a recognition that after four seasons under Hodgson, there will be a transition period where the new boss will take over.
Ex-Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is one of the candidates to replace Hodgson next season
Indeed, there is a sense that the next coach would benefit from having an older figure next to him.
Their plans to move in with a younger squad next season have also contributed to the belief that retaining an element of experience with the coaching staff could be valuable.
Sportsmail understand that one idea being considered is to keep Ray Lewington, who is currently Hodgson’s No. 2, at the club to work within the new format.
The 64-year-old is one of Hodgson’s most trusted aides and works intermittently with the manager as in the region of 15 years, Lewington’s understanding of current players and the club at large would likely prove invaluable to the successor from Hodgson.