Crystal Palace has just received a big boost in its pursuit to find a successor to Roy Hodgson next season …
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The 73-year-old is left without a contract at the end of the season and his future in Selhurst Park remains shrouded in mystery.
In recent weeks, the Eagles have been linked to many different candidates to replace him, one of whom is Roma boss Paulo Fonseca.
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It has been revealed that he will leave his post at Olimpico this summer and as a result will be replaced by former Spurs manager Jose Mourinho.
Last month, the Daily Mail reported that the 48-year-old was on the palace’s management list, but now the door is open for Steve Parish if he wishes.
Parish will be delighted
This development certainly comes as a boost to the equipment in south-east London, as it means that they can secure one of the set goals for free, as they will no longer have to pay the Serie A club any compensation.
Football Insider claims that Sean Daiche is the main goal of the Palace to replace Hodgson, but unlike Fonseca, he will order a significant fee to win from Burnley this summer.
Now it is confirmed that the Portuguese is leaving Roma, Parish will undoubtedly be satisfied, as it will make things much easier if he chooses him as his next manager in Selhurst Park.
Fonseca has had pretty good results as head coach, although he has not won anything in the Italian capital, he still managed to win 52% – a significant improvement on current Eagle veteran Hodgson, who won only 33% of the responsible matches.
He collected silverware with Shakhtar Donetsk, in which they recorded a victory over Man City in the Champions League, and also once turned Pacos de Ferreira from candidates for relegation to a place in Europe.
So this should certainly meet the criteria that Palace should look for, given that they are at best in the middle of the table at the moment.
Fonseca could be an interesting candidate for the Eagles, and now that he’s available for free, Parish is sure to have to lick his lips when one of his favorite candidates becomes available, as uncertainty about Hodgson’s term continues.
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