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Crystal Palace struggling to find Hodgson successor

Crystal Palace are considering sacking Roy Hodgson but are struggling to find a replacement willing to take over the club at this stage of the season.

Palace have won just two of their last 12 games to drop to just five points above the Premier League’s relegation places, with the club’s supporters having protested against the board following a 4-1 defeat to arch-rivals Brighton at the weekend.

 

The Eagles sacked Patrick Vieira last season and brought back veteran head coach Hodgson, who led the side to an impressive turnaround but has struggled to replicate those performances this season.

The 76-year-old, the oldest manager in Premier League history, is contracted until the end of the campaign, though there are calls for immediate change amid a concerning run of form.

The Guardian are reporting that chairman Steve Parish has ‘strongly contemplated’ sacking Hodgson this week, though there has been reluctance from potential successors to take over immediately.

Former Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui and ex-Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper have been linked with the role. Each would prefer greater preparation before taking charge of a Palace team missing several key names.

Eberechi Eze, Cheick Doucouré and Marc Guehi are all currently sidelined, while Michael Olise is facing a spell out after being substituted during the defeat at Brighton.

 

Olise, who picked up an issue in the previous game, was brought on at half-time with Palace trailing 3-0. Clearly unfit, he was substituted 10 minutes later.

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