Crystal Palace face competition from fellow Premier League side Everton for their first-choice managerial target Nuno Espirito Santo.
What’s the story?
According to TalkSport, the Toffees are set to rival Palace for the 47-year-old’s services after his surprising exit from Wolves just over a week ago.
Espirito Santo had been the favourite to fill the vacancy at Selhurst Park following extensive talks with the south London outfit’s hierarchy, but Carlo Ancelotti’s sudden departure from Everton has significantly altered the managerial landscape.
Fans will be gutted
The Portuguese manager is widely thought to have been in conversation with the Eagles over the last three days as they attempt to lure the highly-regarded tactician into an immediate Premier League return.
Espirito Santo’s exploits during a four-year-stint with Wolves had done enough to impress Palace chairman Steve Parish, who is keen to appoint him as Roy Hodgson’s successor this summer, and it looked as though a deal was close to being agreed.
However, Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave his role as Real Madrid boss has caused an unlikely domino effect.
The Frenchman’s exit has seen Los Blancos president Florentino Perez turn to 61-year-old Ancelotti for a second time during his reign after the Italian delivered the Champions League in his first stint, meaning Everton are now also searching for a new manager.
Unfortunately for Palace, the Merseyside outfit are a considerably more attractive option for an ambitious manager like Espirito Santo.
Everton boast a far bigger budget, a better playing squad, with stars such as James Rodriguez and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to call upon, and a new state of the art stadium on the horizon.
Therefore, news that the Toffees are lining up a move for the former Porto and Valencia man will surely leave the capital club’s supporters gutted as they prepare themselves for a turbulent summer.
Whoever is finally appointed as Hodgson’s replacement will have a tough task ahead of them, and a highly-rated manager with several years of top-flight experience behind him such as Espirito Santo appeared to be an ideal fit.
Hopefully, the Eagles can still get the former Wolves manager in. However, Everton’s interest will not have made their task of getting him any easier and Palace fans will rightly be gutted if Nuno ends up at Goodison Park.