Sean Dyche, Eddie Howe and Chris Wilder – three men recently linked with Steve Bruce’s job – are all in the running to become the new Crystal Palace manager, according to reports.
This comes from The Mirror, who claim that former Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard also make up the Eagles’ five-man shortlist ahead of Roy Hodgson’s imminent departure.
The 73-year old veteran announced just yesterday that he will step down at the end of the season, leaving Palace alongside Spurs in looking for a new manager this summer.
He has steadied the ship in South London after entering a world of turmoil upon replacing Frank De Boer just four games into the 2017-18 season, but Palace fans now feel it is time to move on after stagnating in recent times.
Dyche, Howe and Wilder have all been tipped to arrive on Tyneside since the turn of the year, with The Sunday Mirror reporting over the weekend that the Burnley boss is Mike Ashley’s top target should our current head coach end up leaving.
The Chronicle reported earlier this year that Eddie Howe would be open to taking over on Tyneside after a year out, while The Athletic revealed that recently sacked Blades boss Chris Wilder was a man Mike Ashley had looked at before appointing Steve Bruce – and someone he could’ve turned to had things got worse after that 3-0 defeat to Brighton.
As for Benitez, he’s recently confirmed he’s looking to land a Premier League job after returning to the UK to be closer to family, so it’ll be interesting if he believes in Palace’s project should they make a move.