Roy Hodgson is reportedly in talks to return to Crystal Palace following the sacking of his successor Patrick Vieira.
Vieira changed former England boss Hodgson, now 75, in 2021 however the membership are reportedly contemplating turning again the clock after shedding religion within the Frenchman.
Palace declined to remark when contacted by the PA information company.
Hodgson seemed to be set for retirement when he walked away from Palace 18 months in the past however accepted a fire-fighting mission at Watford final yr, unsuccessfully trying to steer the Hornets away from relegation.
He prompt on the time that his lengthy and eventful profession was winding down – saying: “I don’t think I shall be putting my name forward anymore for further stories in the world of Premier League football” – however his resolve could possibly be stretched by one final spell at his previous stomping floor.
Any deal would probably be short-term, presumably till the tip of the present marketing campaign. More instantly, former membership captain Paddy McCarthy will lead the aspect in opposition to Arsenal on Sunday, with the under-21 coach assisted by Darren Powell and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely.
Palace have held onto twelfth place for 9 straight weeks however their current run of type, 12 matches throughout all competitions with out a win and simply 5 objectives scored, left the south London aspect simply three factors away from the relegation zone with 11 video games to go.
While Hodgson’s candidacy seems to be advancing, the likes of Jesse Marsch, out of a job since he was let go by Leeds final month, former Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, Lucien Favre and Adi Hutter have all been linked.
Palace chairman Steve Parish insisted the temper round his membership remained optimistic following Vieira’s departure.
“The players are fine and everybody is looking forward to Sunday, really,” Palace co-owner Parish instructed Sky Sports.
“The feeling is good. You know, everybody loved Patrick, genuinely. The players had all the time in the world for him. You saw from the performances he never lost the players at all, they were all running and playing for him.
“I think things just weren’t happening, so the mood was good, it was fine, but obviously we’re hoping that there’s a bit of fresh impetus, a few different ideas, maybe we surprise the opposition a little bit doing something different.
“We’ve got good players, we’ve got a good squad, we’ve got good lads. They follow Patrick and they will follow Paddy and they will follow Darren and they will do the best for the football club.
“Everybody is positive and wants to do their best and believes that we can win football matches. I’m not going to tell you it’s amazing today because Patrick is gone, because Patrick is a great guy and people loved working with him.
“I’m sure he will go on and be as successful as he was last year for us somewhere else, and he will maybe learn from the bits where it lost its way a little bit, and I really hope he does. It’s just football, isn’t it?”
McCarthy took the crew by coaching because the information of Vieira’s departure broke, and instructed Palace TV: “Under strange circumstances, the lads showed good energy and enthusiasm.
“Obviously it’s a massive moment for myself, but ultimately it’s not about me.
“My only focus at the moment is about getting the team prepared and ready for Arsenal in the short space of time that we have, so everything’s just going to be geared into that.
“I’ll push all of that emotion to one side. Yes, it’s going to be a great opportunity for myself and Darren to manage at that level, but the focus is solely on setting the game plan and implementing that on Sunday.”
While Palace at the moment occupy the identical spot during which they completed final marketing campaign, the underlying numbers look starkly totally different – their whole of 21 objectives in 27 video games this season is fewer than any Premier League crew apart from Wolves, Everton and Southampton (20) and barely half of their tally, 37, on the identical stage final time period.