Crystal Palace have just been handed a major boost in their pursuit to find a successor to Roy Hodgson next season…
The 73-year-old remains out of contract at the end of the season and his future at Selhurst Park remains shrouded in mystery.
The Eagles have been linked to many different candidates to replace him in recent weeks, one of whom is AS Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.
Last month, the Daily Mail reported that the 48-year-old was on Palace’s managerial shortlist but now the door has opened for Steve Parish to strike if he so wishes.
This development surely comes as a boost to the southeast London outfit as it means they could secure one of their mooted targets for free, as they would no longer have to pay the Serie A club any compensation.
It is claimed by Football Insider that Sean Dyche is Palace’s top target to replace Hodgson, but unlike Fonseca, he would command a substantial fee to prise away from Burnley this summer.
Now the Portuguese is confirmed to be leaving Roma, Parish will undoubtedly be delighted as it will make things a lot easier if he’s to choose him as his next manager at Selhurst Park.
Fonseca has a pretty good record as head coach, despite not winning anything in the Italian capital, he still managed a 52% win rate – a vast improvement to the current Eagles veteran, Hodgson, who has only won 33% of matches in charge.
He has clinched silverware with Shakhtar Donetsk, in which they recorded a famous win over Man City in the Champions League, and also once turned Pacos de Ferreira from relegation candidates to contenders for a spot in Europe.
So that should certainly fit the criteria that Palace should be looking for, given they are mid-table at best right now.
Fonseca could be an interesting candidate for the Eagles to consider and now that he’s available for free, Parish must surely be licking his lips at one of his preferred candidates becoming available as the uncertainty over Hodgson’s tenure rumbles on.
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