Five contenders for the Crystal Palace jobby Simon Lillicrap / 31 May 2017, 12:11Tweet
Since Sam Allardyce’s sudden departure Crystal Palace have been on the hunt for a manager to take them to the next level. We run through the top five names in the running for the job.
Recently departed Leeds boss Garry Monk is favourite for the Selhurst Park hot seat at 6/4. He impressed at both Swansea and Leeds in his time in charge of each club and only a severe drop in form meant that the latter missed out on the Championship play-offs.
However, Monk is also the hot favourite (1/2) for the Middlesbrough job having been hotly linked with the job on Teeside. Given the division difference, plus the quality of player and finances between the two clubs, you would think that Monk would take the job at Palace if offered it.
The former England boss (how can we forget) is reportedly ‘desperate’ for this job and his odds have been drastically shortened recently, so much so that he is now second favourite at 9/4.
He certainly boasts experience but his success has been patchy in spells, doing well at Fulham and West Brom but failing miserably at Liverpool and England. Perhaps a club the size of Palace would suit the 69-year-old, who has amazingly been managing since 1976.
Sean Dyche seems to finally be getting the recognition he deserves after leading Burnley to safety. The tough talking gaffer could fancy testing himself at another club, rather than facing another relegation battle with the Clarets.
He has been with the club since 2012, making him the seventh longest-serving manager in English football, but he may be tempted to switch cities to London as Palace could offer him higher wages and a bigger transfer budget, plus a squad with quality players such as Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha.
Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic is next up at 14/1. The Championship sides’ boss may have several Premier League sides after his signature following a successful campaign with the London club.
It ultimately ended in disappointment with a play-off semi-final defeat to Reading but Jokanovic had a good season and entertained the Fulham faithful with vibrant attacking football. He has no experience managing in the Premier League however, and this could put the Palace board off the 48-year-old.
What a coup this would be for Crystal Palace. The former Borussia Dortmund manager left Germany following an argument with the board and is now looking for pastures new. The finances that Premier League clubs can now offer are clearly tempting for managers around the world (see Marco Silva choosing Watford over Porto).
He could join a growing list of top class managers in England’s top flight but is 16/1 to take the risk.
Best of the Rest
Claudio Ranieiri can be found at 16/1, while Roberto Mancini could shock a few at 20/1. Joining the Italian at that price is Japp Stam, with Chris Wilder is 22/1.
Frank Lampard is also at 25/1 whilst Ryan Giggs is 50/1.
The man we all want to see in management, Tim Sherwod, is a juicy 66/1 shot.