According to The Telegraph, Nuno Espirito Santo is now ‘on the verge’ of being named the new Crystal Palace manager.
The Portuguese boss left Wolves last month in a surprise exit and now looks set to replace Roy Hodgson, with the 73-year-old announcing at the end of the season that he was stepping down at Selhurst Park.
The Telegraph report that Palace chiefs had held talks with ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and had also looked at Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Swansea’s Steve Cooper and Barnsley’s Valerien Ismael, however Nuno has emerged as their no.1 target and is now in ‘advanced talks’ to take the job.
Considering he was tipped to take vacant jobs at Spurs or Everton just a few days ago, this looks to be a huge coup for Crystal Palace – a club entering a huge transition this summer given the number of players out of contract.
Based on the reactions I’ve seen on social media, there’s a fair few Newcastle fans all saying the same thing – this could’ve been us had we shown some ambition and decided to push for more than Steve Bruce.
The NUFC boss won’t be leaving this summer after keeping us up and guiding us to a respectable 12th place finish in the end, however there is a feeling amongst the fanbase that we’ll never be much more than that should he stay at the club while we wait for Mike Ashley to sell.
Nuno not only guided Wolves to promotion, but followed that with back-to-back 7th place finishes and an impressive run to the Europa League quarter finals.
If he’s happy to take a tricky-looking Crystal Palace job, I’d like to bet he would’ve listened to Newcastle United – with our without a takeover.