Crystal Palace are looking for a new manager following Sam Allardyce’s departure.
Crystal Palace have announced that manager Sam Allardyce will not only be leaving the club, but he has no intention of managing again.
The Eagles swooped to land Allardyce as their new manager in December 2016 following Alan Pardew’s departure, handing ‘Big Sam’ a return to football following his acrimonious departure from the England job in September.
Allardyce initially started slowly at Selhurst Park, but he masterminded wins over Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool to save the club from relegation, ending the season with a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.
Many expected Allardyce to rebuild Palace this summer, but instead he has decided to call it quits on his time in South London, and in management altogether in a shock move.
Bookmakers are pricing up odds for who could replace Allardyce in the Palace dugout, and here are the current frontrunners, as provided by Oddschecker…
Garry Monk: 6/4
Out of work for a week now having resigned as Leeds United manager last Thursday, Monk has been the favourite for the Palace job in recent days, and that is the case again today. The 38-year-old, formerly of Swansea City, took Leeds to seventh place in the Championship this past season, and he is now 6/4 for the Palace job as a Premier League return could be on the cards.
Sean Dyche: 2/1
A fast mover in the market, Burnley manager Dyche is now just 2/1 to replace Allardyce. The former Watford boss has worked wonders with Burnley since taking the reins at Turf Moor in 2012, winning two promotions to the Premier League whilst working on a relatively small budget – and having achieved survival in the top flight this past term, Palace could now swoop to land him.
Roy Hodgson: 3/1
A 6/4 shot on Wednesday evening, Hodgson is now drifting out to a shortest price of 3/1 this evening. The former England boss, who left his position after last summer’s embarrassing Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland, is a Croydon-born, former Palace youngster who could relish a move to Selhurst Park as one last shot at Premier League success – but Palace may want to go for a younger option.
Mauricio Pellegrino: 3/1
Something of a left-field suggestion, Argentinian boss Pellegrino is out of work having resigned as manager of Alaves earlier this week. Formerly assistant to Rafael Benitez at both Liverpool and Inter Milan, Pellegrino impressed with Alaves, finishing ninth in their first season back in La Liga whilst also taking them to the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. Now looking for a bigger move, Pellegrino is among the favourites for the Palace job.
Thomas Tuchel: 12/1
An ambitious target if Palace move for him, Tuchel left his position as Borussia Dortmund manager earlier this week, and is expected to feature prominently for many clubs searching for a new manager. The German may not have won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund, but he has certainly shown his managerial prowess with the club, and at 12/1, Palace could make an audacious move for his services.
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