Crystal Palace ‘on the verge of appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager and former Wolves boss could be announced THIS WEEK’ as Eagles swoop in ahead of Everton
- Crystal Palace are reportedly on the verge of appointing Nuno Espirito Santo
- The Eagles are after a new manager following Roy Hodgson’s exit this summer
- Nuno, 47, has been out of work for three weeks after leaving Wolves last month
- The Portuguese guided Wolves to a Europa League quarter final during his spell
Nuno Espirito Santo is reportedly on the verge of being appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace, three weeks after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Palace have conducted a thorough search for the successor to Roy Hodgson, with the veteran manager bidding farewell to his boyhood club at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.
The Eagles have held talks with Frank Lampard over the vacancy, while also considering the likes of Sean Dyche, Steve Cooper and Valerien Ismael for the post.
Crystal Palace are reportedly on the verge of appointing Nuno Espirito Santo as their manager
The Eagles have conducted a thorough search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson this summer
But according to The Telegraph, Nuno is Palace’s preferred target and the club and Portuguese, 47, are in advanced talks over an agreement, while an announcement could be made later this week.
The former Valencia and Porto boss’ arrival would be a real coup for the south Londoners, having done a magnificent job in the West Midlands with Wolves.
Nuno took over in the summer of 2017, with the club languishing in the Championship after a 15th-place finish.
Nuno, 47, is in advanced talks with the club and could be announced later this week
The Portuguese coach worked wonders at Wolves, securing back-to-back seventh-place finishes as well as a Europa League quarter final and FA Cup semi final
The Portuguese secured promotion at the first time of asking before clinching back-to-back seventh place finishes in the top flight, as well as a Europa League quarter final appearance and a trip to Wembley for an FA Cup semi final.
However, injury-hit Wolves stagnated in Nuno’s fourth and final season at the club, leading to chairman Jeff Shi moving to freshen things up this summer and Bruno Lage is close to being appointed.
Nuno also reportedly held talks with Everton over their vacancy following Carlo Ancelotti’s exit, but Palace appear to be moving quickly to nab the Portuguese ahead of their rivals.
Crystal Palace are set for a big summer with a number of their ageing squad out of contract
Palace are preparing for a crucial summer, with vast changes expected to be made on the football side of things.
The Eagles have a large number of players out of contract, including Gary Cahill, Andros Townsend, Scott Dann and Joel Ward and they have one of oldest squads in the Premier League.
High-flying youngster Eberechi Eze, 22, is out with a long-term injury while there is uncertainty surrounding the future of talisman Wilfried Zaha, who has long had his eye on the exit door.
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