AHEAD OF THE GAME: Sean Dyche's Crystal Palace switch hits £20m hitch

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Sean Dyche’s switch from Burnley to Crystal Palace hits hitch over £20m compensation bill needed to prise manager away

  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche is one of Crystal Palace’s choices for their new coach
  • It would cost the Eagles £20m in compensation to prise away manager Dyche 
  • Swansea boss Steve Cooper, Frank Lampard and Chris Wilder are also targets 

Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Sean Dyche as their next manager is being held up by the huge expense of the proposed deal, which, in addition to the £3million in compensation due to Burnley, could end up costing them £7m-a-year in wages and salary.

Dyche’s contract at Burnley included a £3m survival bonus for keeping the club in the Premier League and he would expect the same deal at Palace, which would take the potential cost of a three-year contract at Selhurst Park above £20m. 

Palace are considering other options as a result and will have a close eye on Saturday’s Championship play-off final between Swansea and Brentford, as the Welsh club’s manager Steve Cooper is another contender. 

Frank Lampard and Chris Wilder are also on Palace’s shortlist, which would be more straightforward appointments as both are available after leaving Chelsea and Sheffield United respectively earlier in the season.

Burnley’s Sean Dyche (right) could end up costing Crystal Palce £20m in compensation

Frank Lampard (left), Chris Wilder (right) and Swansea’ Steve Cooper are also on Palace’s list

Preston’s Peter Ridsdale and Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes have emerged as the main contenders to join the EFL Board in what could be an intriguing election for the Championship clubs next month. 

The vacancy for a Championship representative on the Board has been created by the departure from Bristol City of chief executive Mark Ashton. 

Preston CEO Peter Ridsdale is a contender for the EFL board with Stoke chief Tony Scholes

A second spot could become available as numerous clubs want to remove Derby chief executive Stephen Pearce due to alleged conflicts of interest, as previously revealed by Sportsmail

Ridsdale and Scholes sit on opposing sides of the EFL’s ongoing Financial Fair Play debate, with the former very much in favour of restrictions and the latter wanting clubs to be given more freedom to spend as they see fit. So the outcome of the election could have significant ramifications for the future.

Manchester United managing director Richard Arnold is in line to replace Ed Woodward as the man in charge at Old Trafford with the Glazer family eager for continuity at the club despite the embarrassment of the European Super League debacle.

Richard Arnold (right) is in line to be the man replace Ed Woodward’s (left) at Man United

Arnold is close to Woodward having met at Bristol University three decades ago and they have worked together at United since 2007 when Arnold was put in charge of the club’s commercial department, whose performance he has helped to transform.

Arnold’s promotion would provide another firm indication that Woodward is not blamed by the Glazers for the ESL fiasco as he was merely carrying out the owners’ instructions.

The Premier League have quickly turned their attentions to negotiating the next round of overseas television contracts having extended their domestic deal by another three years earlier this month.

As in their UK arrangements with Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime, the Premier League are seeking stability in a volatile market and will offer overseas broadcasters the chance to secure a long-term contract such as their current six-year deal in the United States with NBC.

This will be one of the first renegotiations as it expires at the end of next season.

The Premier League are currently renegotiating the ext round of overseas TV contracts

The BBC have told their commentators and pundits that they should expect to remain in the UK working remotely throughout the European Championship this summer.

All of their programmes will be presented from studios at Wembley, Hampden Park and Salford with their experts on site, which could compromise their coverage if England fail to win their group and are left facing a last 16-tie in Copenhagen, Budapest or Seville. 

If they reach the quarter-finals, England’s tie will definitely be on the continent before a possible return to Wembley for the semi-finals and final. 

The BBC insist they will review their plans later in the tournament in the light of changing quarantine restrictions and the Government’s travel advice.

The BBC have told their Euro 2020 broadcast and pundits team they will be working in the UK

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