In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Hull City striker Dean Windass has tipped Sean Dyche to replace Roy Hodgson in charge of Crystal Palace.
It’s safe to say Palace had an afternoon to forget on Saturday as they were overwhelmed by Premier League leaders Liverpool at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have struggled for consistency so far this season, having only won one of their past five games in the top flight, with Hodgson’s side lying 13th in the table, a point ahead of Leeds United, who have a game in-hand.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Palace have shipped a total of 25 goals from just 14 outings. Only newly-promoted Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion have conceded more goals this season.
This won’t be anything new to Palace fans, as they got off to a bad start after Sheffield United beat them at the beginning of last season, but the comparisons stop there.
The Eagles conceded seven goals against Liverpool in a home game for the first time in the club’s history, which is frankly shocking. While there hasn’t been much talk about Hodgson’s future in the media, there have been repeated calls from some quarters to see him depart Selhurst Park.
Windass believes Dyche’s level of Premier League experience managing Burnley means he should be appointed Palace’s tenth manager since Parish saved the club from liquidation in 2010.
He told FFC editor James Beavis:
“I think that’d be a good move, for sure, not so much expectations, keep them in the Premier League like he has done with Burnley for seven or eight years.
“That’s a good fit. I think that if you said right now, would Sean Dyche get the Everton job? No. You know, teams like Villa, where there’s not too much expectation, you’re not expected to win trophies.
“These clubs like Palace and Leeds, for example, they’ll look at the start of the season and say can we stay in the Premier League, unlike Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool – can we win the FA Cup? Can we win the Premier League? Can we win the Champions League?
“So yeah, he’d be a good fit for Palace.”
Palace were heavily linked with a move for the Burnley boss after the Premier League restart in the summer, but it seems unlikely that it will come before the Christmas break.
With a tough trip to Aston Villa next on the agenda, followed by a home game against Leicester City, Hodgson will be under no illusion of the gravity of the situation. He cannot afford to slip up again, that’s for sure.