Forgotten man emerges as surprise new candidate for Crystal Palace job

Date published: Friday 25th June 2021 11:03 - Neil Foster

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Reports claim former Everton boss Marco Silva is now on the shortlist to success Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace manager but has work to do to convince bosses he is the right man for the job.

The Eagles are still on the lookout for a new boss after Hodgson opted to leave at the end of the season. The former England chief enjoyed four seasons at Selhurst Park. He left with an open mind, suggesting that his days in football may not yet be done.

But it left Palace with a void to fill and there has yet to be an appointment made. A number of names have been mentioned. The latest was Lucien Favre.

It seemed as though the former Borussia Dortmund tactician was set to land the post. However, it has now been reported that he will not be taking the reins, with concerns over a limited transfer budget.

Frank Lampard, Steve Cooper and Nuno Espirito Santo have all been linked with the job. But the south Londoners do not seem to be able to lure the right candidate.

That might now change, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon. He reports that Portuguese coach Silva is now under consideration but is ‘not near the top’.

That might not be an obstacle as he can boast Hull City and Watford on his CV in addition to the Toffees. However, he has not spent that long at any of his English clubs, with 18 months at Goodison Park his longest spell.

He has also managed Sporting and Olympiacos but, again, only for one season each.

Silva itching to get back to work

Silva has not managed a club since being sacked by the Merseysiders in December 2019. He guided the blue half of the city to an eighth-placed finish in his first season in charge.

But it then all went wrong and he left with Everton in 18th place and having been thrashed 5-2 by Liverpool. It is somewhat of a surprise that he has not been picked up by another European club.

The pandemic will not have helped, with clubs tending to stick with what they had. However, there are now a number of vacancies and Palace need to fill theirs fast.

There are others thought to be in the frame and above Silva in the running. But he managed to convince Everton he was the man to take them forward and could do the same with the Eagles.

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