Crystal Palace are reportedly preparing for life without manager Roy Hodgson, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of the current season.
Many have tipped the 73-year-old to call time on a stellar coaching career this summer. The Mirror are reporting that Palace chairman Steve Parish has drawn up a three-man list of candidates who could replace Hodgson at the club.
Crystal Palace Preparing for Roy Hodgson Departure
Eagles Could Turn to Burnley Manager Sean Dyche
Forty-three-year-old Howe would appear to be the most accessible of those three targets. Having left Bournemouth after their relegation from the Premier League last season, Howe remains without a club but may well be tempted with a return to the English top flight.
Prising either Cooper or Dyche away from their current clubs would be more of a challenge for the Palace hierarchy. Cooper has Swansea well-placed in the Championship table with 56 points from 29 games. The Welsh club will rise to second in the table if they win their two games in hand on the teams above them.
Meanwhile, Burnley manager Dyche is already the longest-serving active manager in the Premier League. The 49-year-old is highly-regarded by the Clarets’ new owner, Alan Pace, who may look to open talks over a new contract with the man who has been the club’s manager since October 2012.
Hodgson Boasts Impressive Crystal Palace Record
Although recent results have been poor – Palace have won only three of their last 14 matches – Eagles manager Hodgson can be proud of his overall record with the club to date.
The former England boss took over from Frank de Boer in September 2017 and managed to keep Palace in the Premier League after a disastrous start to the 2017/18 season.
Since then, Hodgson has successfully established the London club as mainstays in the division over the course of his spell with the club – the fifth Premier League side he has managed.
Among the game’s most experienced managers, Hodgson began his managerial career in 1976 and has enjoyed spells at European giants such as Liverpool and Inter Milan, as well as international sides such as Switzerland and England.