Crystal Palace are ‘considering Steve Cooper and Gareth Southgate’ as replacements for Roy Hodgson… while Lille’s Paulo Fonseca ‘also admired’ as they prepare for the long term

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Crystal Palace have identified former Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper and England manager Gareth Southgate as potential long-term replacements for Roy Hodgson, according to reports.

Hodgson, 76, has endured a difficult season in the dugout that started brightly but has since faded with Palace dropping to within five points of the relegation zone with recent hits against Arsenal and Brighton.

A win against Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Monday night will ease some of the discontent from sections of the club’s supporters who want to see Hodgson replaced and Palace have begun to identify potential successors, as reported by The sun.

Cooper has been out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest in December and replaced by ex-Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

However, he is expected to remain in the Premier League and is a viable long-term option under consideration at Palace, with the club only looking to bring in another manager for a short time.

Crystal Palace have reportedly begun identifying replacements for Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace have reportedly begun identifying replacements for Roy Hodgson

Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is one of the names being considered

Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is one of the names being considered

Palace could also look to bring England manager Gareth Southgate to the club

Palace could also look to bring England manager Gareth Southgate to the club

The 44-year-old is admired by Palace chairman Steve Parish, although the club prefer to wait until the summer to appoint a new head coach rather than halfway through the season.

England manager Southgate is also being considered, but is seen as a more unrealistic appointment given his commitment to the national team.

He could be available after this year’s European Championship in Germany and has previously been tipped for a spell at a Premier League side with his only other club management experience at Middlesbrough.

However, the FA is keen to try and extend his stay in charge of the Three Lions, regardless of England’s performance in the upcoming major tournament.

Palace have also been interested in Portuguese head coach Paulo Fonseca for years and were previously interested in bringing him to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are currently just five points above the Premier League relegation zone

Crystal Palace are currently just five points above the Premier League relegation zone

Lille boss Paulo Fonseca is another candidate being considered at Selhurst Park

Lille boss Paulo Fonseca is another candidate being considered at Selhurst Park

Fonseca is currently in charge of French side Lille after joining two years ago and is expected to leave the team at the end of the season if a Premier League vacancy occurs.

Meanwhile, Palace supporters are likely to voice their frustration again on Monday night as calls continue to grow for an immediate change in the dugout.

Hodgson returned to Palace last season and completed his task of steering the club away from relegation, and did so in impressive style.

However, there has been public frustration from sections of the team’s fans this campaign after Hodgson extended his stay at the club in the summer for the current season.


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