Talks between Nuno Espirito Santo and Crystal Palace have collapsed despite it seeming he was close to taking the role, according to reports.
Nuno left his role with Wolves at the end of the season and was tipped to replace Roy Hodgson at Palace. It was claimed on Tuesday that he could even be appointed in the role by the end of the week. But just one day later, those links have faded dramatically. Now, it seems he won’t be taking charge after all.
According to The Telegraph, talks between the two parties have broken down. Palace are unable to fund all the backroom staff that Nuno would like to bring with him.
Working on a tighter budget, they will seemingly have to look elsewhere.
The report follows similar claims from the Daily Mail, who said that Palace were unconvinced those investments would be worth it when Wolves only finished one point above them last season.
Therefore, even though Nuno was impressed by their plans for the future, they have retracted their offer and will explore alternative options.
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The Mail name Steve Cooper and Sean Dyche as the other targets that Palace may turn their attention to.
Cooper led Swansea City to the Championship play-off final last season, but they lost to Brentford. Even so, he could have the chance to work in the Premier League if Palace approach him.
Alternatively, they could go for an already established top-flight boss in Dyche, who is currently at Burnley. He has done a good job of stabilising them in the top tier, even if they finished below Palace last season.
Ex-Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Barnsley’s Valerien Ismael are also mentioned as options by the Telegraph.
Nuno still on Everton radar
The update will be of interest to Everton, who have also been in talks with Nuno over filling their vacancy.
Carlo Ancelotti left the club for Real Madrid recently, forcing them to look for a new boss. It will be a tough role to fill, but Nuno could now be their man.
They are likely to be able to better afford the wage demands for Nuno and his staff. And with Palace out of the running, they could now have a clear chance of getting him.
But the Telegraph warn that Lazio are also looking at Nuno despite being linked with Maurizio Sarri. What’s more, they claim Everton have also made informal enquiries about Graham Potter and Antonio comnte.