Crystal Palace are reportedly in pole position to sign Mauricio Pellegrino.
Crystal Palace are reportedly in pole position to sign Mauricio Pellegrino as their next manager, despite strong interest from Southampton.
Last week, Gianluca Di Marzio reported that Palace have considered former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, for the vacant managerial post.
However, with Ranieri having moved to Nantes, it seems Palace have turned their attention back to Pellegrino, who left the managerial post at Alaves last month.
The Eagles have reportedly held talks with him earlier this month. According to reports from The Times, the 45-year-old former Liverpool no. 2, is more attracted by the Palace position than the vacancy at St Mary’s.
Should Pellegrino replace Sam Allardyce, he would become only the second foreign manager in the club’s history, and the club’s first permanent overseas appointment.
Southampton have also considered Pellegrino for the job following the dismissal of Claude Puel. Thomas Tuchel was also considered, but he took himself out of the running for the post (The Mirror).
Pellegrino, who assisted Rafael Benitez at Liverpool and Inter Milan, took Alaves to a ninth-place league finish last season.
Before moving on to formulating transfer plans for the summer, it is key for Palace to first to sign a manager. And Pellegrino would be a smart choice.
General view of Selhurst Park