Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri among next Crystal Palace manager tips
FootyOn give next Crystal Palace manager tips, with Italian coaching pair Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri front-runners in the early betting.
Despite steering the Eagles to Premier League safety after just five months in charge, Selhurst Park was rocked by the shock resignation of boss Sam Allardyce on May 23.
Big Sam hinted at retirement, saying in a statement explaining his Palace departure that he has “no ambitions to take another job”.
The Eagles are now seeking a sixth different permanent manager since returning to the Premier League in 2013.
Chief among the new boss’ priorities will be keeping hold of star winger Wilfried Zaha and adding to the Selhurst squad in several areas.
Read on as we reveal our next Crystal Palace manager tips…
London location may be draw for Roberto Mancini
Two Italian coaches are at the head of the early betting, and one of those is former Manchester City boss Mancini.
A Premier League and FA Cup winner while at the Etihad helm, he has been out of work since being axed by Inter Milan last year.
Mancini’s coaching career to date has taken in clubs in cities with rich metropolitan and historic culture.
He has managed teams in Florence (Fiorentina), Rome (Lazio), Milan, Manchester and Istanbul (Galatasaray). London could be a lure, then.
When recently asked about his future, Mancini said: “I’d prefer to coach a foreign team because it’s great to learn new lifestyles and mentalities. It would be nice to return to Premier League as well.”
Palace could certainly offer him that, and Mancini is a top-price 2/1 favourite with Paddy Power to join them.
Could Eagles dare for Claudio Ranieri comeback?
Ex-Leicester City boss Ranieri is also a former Premier League winning manager.
Sacked by the Foxes just nine months after lifting the trophy, he too is looking for a coaching return.
The Hornets have compatriot owners of Ranieri’s, though have a penchant for axing their coaches at the end of each season.
Palace may look a more stable alternative, then.
Chris Coleman has club connections
Wales manager Coleman played over 150 league games for Palace in the 1990s and has been linked with previous vacancies at Selhurst.
He has resisted the temptation before, though, and is under contract with the Welsh FA until next summer.
Although his Wales side are unbeaten in World Cup qualifying, they have drawn their last four internationals.
That leaves the Dragons four points off the pace set by Serbia and the Republic of Ireland.
Failing to reach the Russia finals from their pool would be a disappointment after steering Wales to the Euro 2016 semis.
Roy Hodgson also has history
Ex-England boss Hodgson was an Eagles trainee way back in the mid-1960s.
Although he didn’t make the grade with Palace as a player, it would bring a sense of symmetry to his career if he were to coach them.
Hodgson will be 70 before the new Premier League season starts, however, so this is unlikely to be a long-term appointment.
The solid work he did across the capital with Fulham, turning them from relegation candidates into Europa League finalists, is to his credit.
It remains to be seen whether Hodgson would want another club job at this stage, though.
BetVictor make him a 16/1 shot to return to Selhurst 51 years after Hodgson was released.
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