Glenn Hoddle has been revealed as a shock rival to Malky Mackay and Tim Sherwood in the running to become the new Crystal Palace manager.
The candidate is reported to have been courted by Steve Parish, Palace’s co-chairman, who wants to meet the former England manager urgently.
Harry Redknapp recently assigned Hoddle to a first team coaching role at Queens park Rangers, but a move to become the manager of a football team once more could be of an attraction for the 56-year-old.
For Parish to swoop in for QPR’s recently appointed man would be slightly controversial considering Hoddle has been in the job for only a week.
Losing Tony Pulis over a transfer dispute just a day before their opening Premier League game was a massive blow for South London side.
Despite taking the lead at the Emirates, Palace were always chasing the game. Arsenal managed a massive 76 percent possession stat in the match and were were hugely relieved when Aaron Ramsey sealed the 2-1 victory in extra time.
The away team showed huge resolve and determination in trying to stem the Gunners’s potent attacking force, and looked good value for taking a point back to Selhurst Park.
Admirable qualities like these are a necessity for managers and coaches, so there is already something for Palace’s new manager - whoever that might be - to look forward to.
Premier League survival remains the number one objective for the club. They successfully managed it last year with time to spare and will be hoping to do so again this year.
The new signings of Brede Hangeland and Scott Dann will bolster the Eagles’s defence and their addition of Frazier Campbell from Cardiff City should lead to more goals.
Hangeland, the former Fulham defender, was a linchpin for the side and captained the team on various occasions last year - a year that saw them relegated from the Premier League. He will provide experience of what it is like being at the bottom of the table, something Palace may need this year following Pulis's sudden departure.
Campbell has been somewhat of a Premier League journeyman in his career and has never reached the heights that people thought he would. His new club will be hoping that trend becomes a myth this term.
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