Report claims Crystal Palace are keen on hiring former manager Steve Coppell as director of football, two other contenders

Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on hiring their former manager, although Reading and Southampton staff are both linked.

Palace co-owner Steve Parish is keen on restructuring the Eagles’ management system, and it has been claimed by the Mail that the South London club could hire former manager Steve Coppell in a director of football role.

Coppell has managed the club on four separate occasions, and is considered something of a hero at Selhurst Park, although his reputation has somewhat faded in recent years.

He won promotion to the Premier League in the 2005/06 season with Reading, setting a record points total in the Championship, and then impressed in his early top flight seasons, but his career has struggled since leaving the club in 2009.

A short spell with Bristol City was followed by spells at Crawley and Portsmouth, both as a director of football, and it is this role that Parish wants him to take up at Palace.

The co-owner considered the move at the start of last season, but decided against it, and is now willing to make the move to hire a director of football to help push the club into Europe having now established themselves in the top flight.

Despite the links with Coppell, there are two other candidates who are linked with the role in the Mail report, with Reading man Nicky Hammond and Southampton’s Ross Wilson both having admirers in the Palace boardroom.

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