Crystal Palace are interested in hiring Edin Terzic as Roy Hodgson’s successor after an impressive stint as Borussia Dortmund’s interim head coach.
What’s the story?
According to German outlet Bild, the Eagles are among three Premier League clubs currently chasing the 38-year-old’s services.
Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are competing with Palace for Terzic following a successful six-month stint in the Signal Iduna Park dugout, but there are no claims over where he sees his future.
Perfect Hodgson successor
Current Palace manager Hodgson announced his intention to leave the south London club at the end of the current campaign earlier this week after a relatively successful four-year stint at Selhurst Park.
Finishes of 11th, 12th and 14th are set to be added to by a similar outcome this time around, and the 73-year-old will leave a solid foundation for whoever picks up the reins.
Several household names have been linked with succeeding the former England manager in south London, including the likes of Rafael Benitez, Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche, but Terzic’s is a new name to enter the mix.
The former assistant manager at BVB got off to an inconsistent start to life as Dortmund’s main man following Lucien Favre’s sacking, but a dramatic turnaround in results has elevated his status within the game to new heights.
A run of seven consecutive victories in all competitions has secured the German giants a place in next season’s Champions League and the club’s fifth DFB Pokal crown.
Terzic would certainly represent a risk for Palace chairman Steve Parish, who may sensibly favour a more experienced head to guide the Eagles through what is set to be a transitional period, but any manager with a 61.2% win rate and some major silverware on his CV should surely be considered.
Many of the world’s best football managers have been an instant success – just look at Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola, for example – and although Terzic may not ever get to the level of the Premier League’s dominant duo, his work so far suggests that he is worth taking a gamble upon, and he could prove to be Hodgson’s perfect replacement at Crystal Palace.