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Report: West Brom vying with Crystal Palace for manager Jurgen Klopp called 'fantastic' in 2018

West Bromwich Albion have reportedly joined Crystal Palace in looking at Frank Lampard as a replacement for their soon-to-be departing manager.

Baggies boss Sam Allardyce will be leaving The Hawthorns at the end of the season, while Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is set to depart the Selhurst Park hotseat.

According to Sky Sports, Lampard is one of the top candidates on West Brom’s shortlist, but they appear to have competition from Palace.

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Speaking on The Here We Go Podcast, Fabrizio Romano claimed that Lampard “has direct contact with Crystal Palace. He’s one of the options, it’s not done.”

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Lampard did well at Derby, beating Manchester United in the third round of the League Cup in 2018 and getting the Rams to within a whisker of promotion to the Premier League.

The 42-year-old then joined Chelsea and led them to fourth in the Premier League – qualifying for the Champions League – and the FA Cup final, despite a one-window transfer embargo.

However, the Blues parted company Lampard at the start of the year, replacing him with Thomas Tuchel.

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Although Lampard’s time at Chelsea culminated in his sacking, that’s not exactly rare at Stamford Bridge, a role which has seen some of the greatest managers in world football also get fired.

Jose Mourinho previously spoke of Lampard’s “great potential” (The Mirror) while Jurgen Klopp described him as a “fantastic manager” back in 2018 (Liverpool official website).

Lampard wouldn’t be under the same amount of pressure at Palace, where he’d likely be looking towards a top-half finish and a good cup run or two.

Likewise, his efforts at Derby would stand him in good stead for West Brom’s upcoming Championship promotion tilt.

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