Crystal Palace’s hopes of appointing Eddie Howe as the club’s new manager this summer appear to have taken a significant blow.
When replying to a supporter’s questions on Twitter, journalist Alan Nixon suggested that it is “unlikely” that the former Bournemouth manager would be taking the reins at Selhurst Park – a gutting development for Steve Parish, who reportedly had his eyes on Howe.
With Roy Hodgson’s contract at the club winding down, it was reported by Football Insider that Howe had been sounded out by the hierarchy at Selhurst Park, with further suggestions from Give Me Sport implying that he could have potentially been interested in the role come the end of the season.
However, with Howe now seeming unlikely to take over, it means that Palace are charged with the task of finding another suitable candidate to succeed Hodgson.
The former Bournemouth boss would certainly have been an interesting appointment at Selhurst Park, having done remarkably well to earn promotion with the Cherries as well as establish them in the Premier League before relegation at the end of last season.
In all, the 43-year-old has overseen 190 matches in the Premier League, winning 56 of those. He has also been linked to the vacancy at Scottish giants Celtic so whether the likelihood of him being appointed Palace manager is impacted by progress made at Parkhead remains to be seen.
In the meantime, the Eagles remain linked with various candidates for the role ahead of Hodgson’s potential departure. Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael has been rumoured to be under consideration, whilst Burnley’s Sean Dyche is also thought to be on Parish’s shortlist ahead of the summer.
Whoever gets appointed at Selhurst Park, there will surely be a tinge of disappointment at potentially having missed out on Howe.