Three Sam Allardyce Replacements Who Crystal Palace Can Target
It has been close to two weeks since Sam Allardyce surprisingly quit his managerial position at Crystal Palace. The former England boss led the Eagles to safety from a precarious position in the Premier League, after taking over from Alan Pardew in December last year.
In his 5 months at the helm of Palace, Big Sam led the club to 8 wins from 21 games to lead them to a 14th placed finish in the league standings, before bringing an end to his spell. In the process, the 62-year old managed to maintain his record of not having seen relegation from the Premier League with any of his clubs.
The hunt for a new manager has been going on extensively but chairman Steve Parish hasn’t been able to make an appointment as of yet. Palace’s top target, former Hull City boss Marco Silva, took up the job at Watford. With the transfer window almost upon us, the Eagles should act quickly and sign a new manager. Here are three options that they should be considering.
The 38-year old former Swansea City and Leeds United manager became available last week after he surprisingly quit his job at Leeds following a takeover.
Monk did a more than decent job at Swansea, leading them to an 8th placed finish in the 2014/15 season after having just avoided relegation the season before. However, he was unfortunately sacked in December 2015 due to a poor start. Having taken over at Leeds at the start of the 2016/17 campaign, Monk managed to turn the Whites into genuine promotion contenders, with a squad that did not boast a lot of quality. A late slip up in the business end of the season saw the Yorkshire based club miss out on a playoff position, but there is no taking away that the Welshman did a fine job in his one year at the Elland Road.
He has the experience of playing and managing in the Premier League, has led a team to a top half position and with the quality of players at Palace, he could repeat the feat with the Eagles too.
Another former Swansea City manager, Paulo Sousa also became recently available after resigning from his managerial position at Serie A club Fiorentina.
The 46-year old Portuguese has managed in England before having held the managerial role with QPR, Swansea City and Leicester City. He did not have great success there, but since then he has gone on to win several league titles with Videoton (Hungary), Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) and FC Basel (Switzerland). Having taken over at Fiorentina in the summer of 2015, he led the Viola to a 5th-placed finish, before finishing 8th this time around.
Sousa comes in with some degree of success outside of England and is a proponent of the three-man defence which has become the new trend in the Premier League. He could prove to be a worthy successor to Big Sam.
The Fulham manager has been installed as one of the favourites to take over the reins at Selhurst Park and if Steve Parish pulls it off, it’ll be a very good appointment.
The 48-year old took over at the Craven Cottage in December 2015 and helped them survive relegation in that campaign. Last season though, it was a completely different Fulham that the fans got to see as the Serbian turned the team into a well oiled attacking unit, playing some very attractive football in the EFL Championship. Jokanovic led the Cottagers to a 6th-placed finish in the second tier bringing them to the brink of promotion, but faltering at the playoff stages.
Jokanovic has tasted success in his previous jobs, having won plenty of silverware and the work that he is done at Fulham shows that he can bring about a significant change in a short period of time, which is what Palace would be needing at this point of time.