Barnsley’s Valerien Ismael is an “effective” manager, former Premier League boss Paul Jewell has told Football FanCast.
Ismael is one name Crystal Palace are thought to be considering as they look to replace Roy Hodgson, with Football Insider reporting last month that director of football Dougie Freedman is keen on bringing him to the club.
Since then, Palace have had a good look at Nuno Espirito Santo, even coming close to appointing the ex-Wolves manager.
However, with talks breaking down, the south London outfit will now be forced to turn elsewhere, potentially bringing Ismael back into the equation.
On Ismael, who had a brief spell at Palace during his playing days, Jewell said:
“I wouldn’t want to play against him every week – it’s difficult. I mean, the different style of playing, that’s the beauty of football.
“Everyone says he plays the game the right way, never quite understood what that means, the right way. I think what you have to do is try and play the game that suits the players that you have.
“He’s different. Not silky, classy football, but he’s effective and I’ve got no problem with that.”
Failing to bring Nuno to Selhurst Park would have come as a disappointment to chairman Steve Parish. The 47-year-old has really proven himself in the Premier League with Wolves over the last few years.
But that ship has obviously sailed now, so it is worth giving serious consideration to a manager like Ismael as this search for Hodgson’s successor drags on.