Valerien Ismael has won plaudits up and down the country as he managed to guide Barnsley into the play-offs and Dean Windass, who played for five different clubs in the Football League, has exclusively told Football FanCast that Ismael’s style of play would suit Crystal Palace.
Simon Jordan will now be on the hunt for a new manager after Roy Hodgson confirmed earlier this week that he would be stepping down from his role as manager at Selhurst Park after their final game of the season against his former side, Liverpool.
Ismael plays a very direct and intense style of football that forces team’s into mistakes and attempts to tire them out, something Windass believes would suit Palace as he spoke exclusively to FFC:
“They play a lot of route one football but if you’ve got players like Benteke then you can play that way, and you can play with long balls but you’ve got to have the right players.
“I think he did remarkable getting Barnsley into the play-offs.”
The French manager only took the hot seat at Oakwell in October, but he is already being touted for bigger jobs after turning Barnsley from relegation candidates into play-off hopefuls.
Ismael’s future will surely now be talked about more following the Tykes’ second-leg play-off defeat against Swansea.