It appears that Crystal Palace are on the new manager hunt this summer.
Current Eagles’ boss Roy Hodgson continues to see his contract run down at Selhurst Park and he could well depart in the summer.
AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca has already been linked with a switch to the club as a replacement. However, the most recent linked name is current Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael. According to The Telegraph, he is a candidate to take over from Hodgson at Palace.
Having already spent time at Selhurst Park as a player, the Frenchman would certainly be the perfect candidate for the hotseat at the club and should definitely be considered by Steve Parish.
Whilst not quite having enjoyed a glittering managerial career thus far, Ismael has certainly impressed in recent years.
Time in the German lower leagues led to his appointment at Austrian outfit LASK in 2019 and he led the club to the top of the Bundesliga but his side just failed to lift the title having finished fourth in the Championship stage.
He also masterminded a run to the UEFA Europa League round of 16, beating the likes of Sporting Clube de Portugal, PSV and AZ Alkmaar during that run, before eventually falling to Manchester United.
Ismael, who won two Bundesliga titles in his time as a player with Bayern Munich, has also had a hugely impressive spell in England with Barnsley. He has turned the club from relegation candidates to a team that could genuinely challenge for promotion to the Premier League, with the Tykes currently sitting in the playoff places.
When compared to Hodgson, it’s clear the Frenchman certainly knows how to win. Ismael has managed to accumulate a highly impressive 62% win percentage so far at Oakwell, whilst the current Eagles’ boss is considerably behind at 33%.
Whilst Hodgson has racked up that in the Premier League with Ismael having been in the second-tier, there is no reason why the latter could not adapt to the top-flight and become Palace’s next manager. He is the man Parish should be looking at hiring this summer.