Next Crystal Palace Manager – Roberto Mancini favourite for the job
Sam Allardyce has resigned as Crystal Palace boss but who will replace him in the Selhurst Park hot-seat?
May 24th, 2017
Sam Allardyce left the England job in embarrassing circumstances last summer and he took charge at Crystal Palace with the remit of keeping the Eagles in the Premier League. His tenure at Selhurst Park didn’t start too well with defeats in all-but-two of his initial eight matches in charge, however a narrow victory at Middlesbrough was enough to kick-start their season and they embarked upon an excellent run which included unlikely wins over the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, the ultimate outcome of all this being that they remain in the top-flight to fight another day.
Despite these notable successes, ‘Big Sam’ has decided that he has done the job asked of him and he won’t be returning next season to build upon his excellent work.
“In some ways, this has been a very difficult decision to make but in others it has been a simple one,” he said with regard to his decision to quit as Eagles boss. “I will always be grateful to Crystal Palace and Steve Parish for giving me the opportunity to go out with my head held high having helped keep the club in the Premier League.
“More than that, they gave me a chance of rebuilding my reputation after what happened with England. I felt I needed another shot at being a Premier League manager and showing that I still had the ability to achieve something significant. As I said last weekend, Palace gave me the chance of rehabilitation.
“That’s why it’s hard walking away now. I believe the club are heading in the right direction with a hugely supportive board of directors, a great squad of players and some of the most passionate fans I’ve ever met. It’s been a privilege to have worked for them for the past five months.
“But there comes a time when you have to take stock of what direction you want your life to take – and that’s been the simple part for me. I want to be able to savour life while I’m still relatively young and when I’m still relatively healthy, even if I’m beginning to feel all my 62 years. While I’ve got the energy, I want to travel and also spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager. I owe that to my wife and family.
“This is the right time for me, I know that in my heart. I have no ambitions to take another job, I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”
The bookies didn’t waste much time in releasing the Next Crystal Palace Manager market and Roberto Mancini has emerged as an early frontrunner. Following his sacking by Manchester City four years’ ago, Mancini made a return back into management with Galatasaray, followed by another stint with Inter Milan. His reign with the Serie A side ended in August and the bookies feel that a move to the Premier League would appear to be the most obvious outcome with Paddy Power going 2/1 that he ends up at Selhurst Park.
Claudio Ranieri appears to be his principal rival as things stand at odds of 5/1, the former Leicester City manager certain to have an array of choices at his disposal should he make a return to management. He would prove to be a popular choice amongst Crystal Palace supporters as would third-favourite in the betting, former Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.
Marco Silva is another name doing the rounds, the former Hull City gaffer a 14/1 shot following reports that he may consider quitting the Tigers following their relegation from the Premier League.
Next Crystal Palace Permanent Manager – Best Odds
Roberto Mancini – 2/1
Claudio Ranieri – 5/1
Roy Hodgson – 14/1
Marco Silva – 14/1