Crystal Palace close on new manager Lucien Favre – as Spurs miss out on another

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Crystal Palace close on new manager Lucien Favre – as Spurs miss out on another target Julen Lopetegui - GETTY IMAGES
Crystal Palace close on new manager Lucien Favre – as Spurs miss out on another target Julen Lopetegui - GETTY IMAGES

Crystal Palace are poised to finally end their protracted pursuit of a new manager with the appointment of Lucien Favre.

The former Borussia Dortmund coach is in advanced talks with Palace over a move to the Premier League, with the south London club already discussing a work permit.

Favre, 63, has been in negotiations this week with the Palace board and there is now a growing expectation that he will succeed Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park.

Hodgson departed Palace at the end of the season and the club has spoken to a number of contenders over the summer including Nuno Espírito Santo and Frank Lampard.

A move to appoint Nuno, the former Wolves manager, collapsed at the 11th hour earlier this month but Favre is now in pole position to take the job.

Palace are working towards securing a work permit for Favre, while discussions are continuing over potential backroom staff.

Favre has been out of management since his exit from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in December, while the Swiss coach has also managed Borussia Monchengladbach and Nice.

Julen Lopetegui - GETTY IMAGES
Julen Lopetegui - GETTY IMAGES

Meanwhile, Sevilla president Jose Castro says Tottenham made a "dizzying" offer to Julen Lopetegui to become their new head coach, but he is happy at the Spanish club.

Spurs' managerial search is now in a third month as they try and find a successor for Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on April 19 following a poor run of form.

They have flip-flopped between candidates over a chaotic process, holding talks with Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso, but have been unable to secure an appointment.

Incoming football managing director Fabio Paratici, who has already started work, is understood to have contacted Lopetegui about moving to north London after he guided Sevilla to Champions League qualification next season with a fourth-placed finish in La Liga.

But the Spaniard would prefer to stay in Andalusia.

In an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena SER, which was published on Sevilla's official website, Castro said: "Julen rang me and told me. He said he'd received offers he'd not listened to in addition to a dizzying one from Tottenham.

"But he said he doesn't forget things and that he is very motivated here. We believed and believe in him, giving him a two-year contract extension, and I'm sure he will bring much more to the club.

"You see his ability and leadership every day. Some coaches are more driven by economic factors but Julen is very clear that he is happy here and he even said it would be very difficult to find a better place to work than here."

Tottenham's players who are not involved in Euro 2020 are set to report back for pre-season training on July 5, with backroom staff due to take fitness sessions if a new manager is not appointed.

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