Alan Pardew has started talks with Crystal Palace over a long-term contract extension after guiding the club to the cusp of Europe.
Former Newcastle boss Pardew took over at Selhurst Park in January with Palace in the relegation zone following a spell with Neil Warnock in charge.
However the Eagles avoided the drop with ease under the 54-year-old and are now flying high in sixth, level on points with fourth place Tottenham.
Since installing Pardew as boss, Palace have won 60 points from 35 matches, and he is likely to be in the running to be the next England manager once Roy Hodgson leaves the role.
The former Palace player has two and a half years left to run on his contract – which is understood to be heavily incentivised.
His current deal is worth around £1.5million a year and – worryingly for Palace – includes a release clause of £4million.
The London club has recently been boosted by £5omillion’s worth of investment from American duo Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, who each purchased 18% stakes in the club.