Crystal Palace fans here in the Tavern are extremely worried about their future in the Premier League, as they have nine games left to climb out of the relegation zone.
Roy Hodgson has delivered some fantastic performances as the manager of Crystal Palace since taking over back in September, but their luck is beginning to run out as they’re without a win in their last six games. And, with defending Premier League champions Chelsea up next at the weekend, it looks as if the Eagles could be staring relegation in the face.
Indeed, letting a two goal lead slip against Manchester United was a huge blow to their survival hopes, as promising positions continue to slip away from the London club. Of course, with Palace currently sitting in the relegation zone prior to the weekend’s fixtures, many of our local residents believe that games against Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield and Stoke City will decide their future.
Therefore, with relegation inevitably bringing Hodgson’s reign at Selhurst Park to an end, here’s a look at TWO managers that Crystal Palace should be considering if worse comes to worst…
Aitor Karanka is one of the most respected figures in the Championship as a tactical genius in the managerial world, and is now looking to impress once again in his new role at Nottingham Forest.
Indeed, the 44-year-old went from keeping Middlesbrough in the Championship, to then losing out in the play-off final during his first full season at the Riverside. However, he didn’t let the minor disaster of losing in the final faze him or his team, as they earned automatic promotion a year later.
Therefore, Palace should consider snatching Karanka away from the City Ground in the summer, having proved he has what it takes to earn promotion to the Premier League during his time at Middlesbrough.
Roberto Di Matteo enjoyed his best managerial spell at Stamford Bridge after winning the Champions League and FA Cup as caretaker manager, but has struggled in his two most recent jobs since his departure.
Indeed, the 47-year-old had a torrid time in his last managerial job at Aston Villa in the Championship, after being relived of his duties just 12 games into the season having seen them take up a position near the bottom. Although, this wasn’t entirely down to the faults of the manager with many players failing to produce under his guidance.
Therefore, Palace could look to offer Di Matteo a way back into football management, in the hope that he can replicate the success he showed during his days as Chelsea boss.