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Manager merry-go-round: Lampard to Palace as Hodgson steps down, Scott Parker linked to Spurs

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Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson with Frank Lampard. (Getty Images)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson with Frank Lampard. (Getty Images)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on Tuesday announced he will step down from the rigours of top-flight Premier League football at the end of the current season.

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has been rumoured to be in talks to take over from the 73-year-old former England boss at Selhurst Park.

Hodgson has been in charge of Palace since September 2017 with his last match for the club will be against Liverpool, one of his former clubs. 

The announcement may set off a managerial merry-go-round in the Premier League with Fulham manager Scott Parker also being heavily linked to the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job.

"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," Hodgson said.

"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."

Transfer whisperer, Fabrizio Romano reported that contact has been ongoing with Lampard and the Crystal Palace hierarchy with The Telegraph confirming the widespread reports.

After failing in their attempts to recruit Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers unlikely to leave Leicester City, Scott Parker has emerged as a genuine contender to take over at Tottenham.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has found it an increasingly difficult to appoint a suitable replacement for Jose Mourinho with Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte also believed to have turned down his advances.

Fourth now on Spurs' wish-list of managers could be former player Parker who is in charge at Fulham who were recently relegated to the Championship.

The Guardian reported that Levy was keen on recruiting an attack-minded manager with Parker recently insisting his focus was only on the next two remaining fixtures.

"My focus is on is these next two games. And that's it," Parker said.

"Make sure that we finish this season in the right way, and what comes after that, comes after that."

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