Crystal Palace are close to agreeing to a deal with Frank Lampard after holding extensive talks.
Lampard is one of six candidates including Steve Cooper and Eddie Howe to replace Roy Hodgson.
Chelsea sacked Lampard last January after a slump of just two wins in eight Premier League matches. The 42-year-old manager was heavily criticized for poor results despite spending over £200 million in total in the summer window.
Newly hired Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, has guided the club back into the top four and despite a loss in the FA Cup final, a chance to become Champions of Europe at the end of the month.
Lampard, a Chelsea legend and Premier League Hall of Famer, also elaborated on his long-standing relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
“I could never sit here and say I have anything but appreciation for what he did for my career. I was disappointed because I felt we could change things. I saw games coming up as opportunities to get points. Your pride takes a hit.”
Lampard will look forward to rebuilding his pride should he take over the club from Hodgson, who lost in his final home game in charge of Palace this afternoon.