Crystal Palace Eye Steve Cooper as Potential Hodgson Successor

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Steve Cooper in the Frame for Palace Job

Steve Cooper, the former Nottingham Forest manager, is being considered as a potential replacement for Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace. Club insiders have identified the 44-year-old Welshman as a prime candidate for the managerial role, should it become vacant.

Hodgson’s Future Uncertain Despite Recent Win

Roy Hodgson is reportedly set to depart Crystal Palace at the end of the season, with no immediate plans from the board to hasten a managerial change. Despite this, the club is actively assessing options, having engaged in discussions with both Cooper and former Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui. Hodgson’s recent triumph over Brentford has eased the immediate pressure, providing the team with a six-point cushion above the relegation zone.

Lopetegui’s Mixed Fortunes

Julen Lopetegui, who has previously managed Real Madrid, experienced a tumultuous exit from Wolves right before the 2023-24 season commenced. He had joined Wolves in November 2022 when they were languishing at the bottom of the table and managed to guide them to a respectable 13th-place finish.

Cooper’s Forest Tenure Ends

Meanwhile, Steve Cooper’s tenure at Nottingham Forest concluded last month following a string of defeats, with the team losing five out of their last six matches. His availability has put him in contention for the Crystal Palace role as Hodgson’s current contract nears its end after the 2023-24 season.

Palace’s Upcoming Challenges

Crystal Palace is preparing for their next Premier League challenge against Arsenal on 20 January, following an FA Cup encounter with Everton. As the team navigates through the season, the speculation around their managerial future continues to be a talking point.

Transfer News on the Horizon

In related updates, Crystal Palace is also reportedly formulating plans to strengthen their strike force with a new signing. The club’s strategy for the upcoming transfer window is becoming a subject of interest for fans and analysts alike.

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