Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie has suggested that Valerien Ismael is a better fit for Crystal Palace than Steve Cooper.
Both the Barnsley and Swansea City managers have been linked with the Palace job, with Sky Sports reporting that they are currently being considered for the vacancy.
Meanwhile, Football Insider claims Palace director of football Dougie Freedman is pushing for 45-year-old Ismael to be brought in in particular.
This, of course, comes after it was announced that this will be Roy Hodgson’s final season in the Selhurst Park dugout.
It will now be interesting to see who replaces the 73-year-old. But if it is a toss up between Ismael and Cooper, Hendrie believes it should be the former.
He told FFC in an exclusive interview:
“If I was having a punt, I’d possibly go for Ismael because I just feel he’s one of those managers that will certainly get that little bit of bite at Palace, and I think he’d be one that would suit going in there if I’m being deadly honest.
“I think Steve Cooper likes a very sort of… I would say sexy style of football if I’m being quite honest with you, and I think Ismael is completely different. He likes the aggressive style, he likes to win his battles in those forward areas and then he likes to play football.
“So, certainly for me, I’d certainly have a punt on Ismael.”
Whoever comes in, they could have a big rebuild job on their hands. As things stand, the likes of Christian Benteke, Patrick van Aanholt and Mamadou Sakho, to name a few players, are set to leave the club as their contracts continue to run down.