A new name has been spoken about as a possible option to take the Crystal Palace job this summer…
It is widely expected that Roy Hodgson will walk away from Selhurst Park following the expiration of his contract next month, with London News Online recently claiming it is ‘highly likely’ he steps down after four seasons at the club.
The Eagles would need to find a new manager and plenty of candidates have emerged over the past few weeks. It is thought that Sean Dyche is their top target, whilst the club are said to have held talks with the currently unemployed Eddie Howe.
But now an intriguing claim has been made by Darren Bent on talkSPORT (Tuesday 11th May, 08:10am).
“What was good about [Scott] Parker, is that he understood the problems at the start of the season. They were conceding, getting battered, but he changed it and made it harder to beat. There is no reason why cannot go to Spurs. But he could also go to Crystal Palace.”
Parker would certainly be an interesting option and a clear change in direction from Palace chairman Steve Parish; going from the division’s oldest manager to one of the youngest.
It is true that the Cottagers have struggled greatly this campaign, resulting in an instant relegation back to the Championship but their performances have been worthy of better results and there have been major signs of improvement throughout the season.
A switch to Palace, over Spurs, in the summer could be a wise move as he may not be ready to join his former club just yet.
The 40-year-old has rued the lack of a proven goalscorer in his side, something that would be fixed in an instant at the Eagles, with Wilfried Zaha at his disposal and he’s earned a reputation for his trust and development in young players, which could further suggest Palace’s change in plans.
Signings like Eberechi Eze are only going to continue going forward and Parish will need a young, progressive coach to match the exciting, high-potential additions.
Even though they were relegated on Monday night, we have seen vast improvement in Fulham defensively. They have leaked the second-fewest goals of any team tenth or below, including Palace, who have seen 12 more goals fly into their net – yet they are safe.
Once dubbed “intelligent” by Paul Robinson and “incredibly good” by Man City boss Pep Guardiola, Parker would be a very good option for Parish to consider and given he’s gone down to the Championship, it could make any move for him that little easier – especially over Dyche, who remains in work.
The Eagles CEO must now act to try and bring the Fulham boss to southeast London.