An update has emerged on Paulo Fonseca, regarding Crystal Palace’s interest in his services this summer.
According to Corriere Dello Sport, as transcribed by TBRF, Crystal Palace are looking at out-of-work manager Paulo Fonseca after his move to Tottenham broke down. The former Roma coach was on the verge of joining Spurs before failing to get it over the line, with Palace now considering a swoop for the 48-year-old.
The report claims Serie A side Fiorentina are also in the race for his services, although it is not stated how high up on Palace’s hitlist he is at this moment in time.
Crystal Palace have been linked with Swansea boss Steve Cooper this summer, but it is time to forget about the former England youth boss. Steve Parish must move away from any interest in Cooper and heavily pursue a deal for Fonseca if it is possible. The Eagles chief could revive the club by bringing the Portuguese coach to the club, as he would come in with an impressive track record.
In Cooper’s 105 league matches in charge of Swansea in the Championship, he has accrued 1.61 points per game and has mainly deployed a 3-4-1-2 system built on defensive solidity. His formation at Swansea tended to shift to a 5-3-2 out of possession, with Cooper making sure that his team were able to drop back and stay in shape when up against the ball.
However, Fonseca appears to differ in his approach to the game. The Athletic’s James Horncastle named Roma as one of the Serie’s most entertaining sides earlier this year on the TIFO YouTube channel. “I’d put them with Atalanta and Sassuolo as the league’s entertainers.” Alex Stewart then added to that by describing his style as “exciting.”
This suggests that he employs a style of free-flowing football that may come with more risk than Cooper’s defensive set-up, but could bring more joy to the fans at Selhurst Park. Instead of potentially watching rigid, uninspiring, slow, football and grinding out results to avoid relegation, Fonseca could come in and attempt to excite the fans with how he sets up his team.
The Portuguese coach’s record as a manager is also more impressive than Cooper’s on paper. He averaged 1.77 points per game across 101 matches in charge of Roma in the Serie A, off the back of an incredible 2.37 points per game in 139 matches managing Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. This suggests that his style of play and the results it leads to could make him a better option for Palace than Cooper, which is why Parish must bring him to Selhurst Park ahead of next season.