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Who will succeed Roy Hodgson as Crystal Palace manager?

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Roy Hodgson and his future at Crystal Palace.

Now 73-years-old, his contract runs out in the summer, alongside deals with many first team squad members, so this could be a huge summer off the field for the club.

Whether it is this season or after, at some point Crystal Palace will have to find a replacement for Hodgson, a manager to lead this team into the future.

If you look at the names linked in the latest betting, they give hope that the future for Crystal Palace can be strong.

There are many ways to bet on managers in football, with online betting offers available for those who wish to place wagers on who will next be in at Crystal Palace, or other open jobs that are available.

So, who will be in at Palace next? Here we take a look at those fancied to come in according to the bookmakers.

Sean Dyche

There is no doubt that Sean Dyche has done a fantastic job with Burnley, maintaining their Premier League status despite a small budget both for transfers and wages.

The budget at Crystal Palace is by no means huge, but it will certainly give him a little more to work with than what he has at Burnley.

Yes, Dyche is enjoying life at Burnley, and is certainly settled there, but he would love the chance to work elsewhere and try to get into the top half of the Premier League on a regular basis.

A move to Crystal Palace wouldn’t guarantee that but would certainly give him a better chance to accomplish it.

He knows the league inside out, has great experience behind him and it is no surprise, with that in mind, he is the bookies favourite to take over.

Eddie Howe

Out of football since leaving Bournemouth in 2020, Eddie Howe will be linked with almost every Premier League job that comes up, as well as others, until he gets back into work.

He’s recently been linked with a move to Scotland, with Celtic approaching Howe to be their next manager.

That could be what prevents this from happening, Howe may not be available by the time that Crystal Palace are on the lookout for a new manager.

However, if he is then there is no doubt he is an excellent manager, and would do very well.

His originally took over at Bournemouth with the team on the brink of leaving the football league back in 2008.

A spell away at Burnley came in the middle, but since joining, he took Bournemouth from the bottom of League Two into the Premier League, with three promotions in the space of seven years.

He seems destined to get back into management soon, has the potential to go to the top, and would be a great fit for Crystal Palace.

John Terry

This would be going out and taking a risk, but that doesn’t mean you should rule it out.

John Terry has not yet managed at any level, he’s only been an assistant at Aston Villa so far.

However, he’s likely to jump into management soon, and will be looking for a first job.

That may not come in the Premier League, he may have to move down first to gain experience, but if there is a Premier League club willing to take a risk, Terry would certainly be interested.

He has great contacts in the game from his playing and coaching days and will have learnt a lot from working behind Dean Smith at Villa.

Whether Crystal Palace want to take a risk remains to be seen, especially if this move happens in the summer when there is a lot to deal with off the pitch.

However, if they do want to give someone a chance, few are better positioned than Terry.

Scott Parker

On the verge of relegation with Fulham, Scott Parker has given a good account of himself and with a better squad at his disposal, may be able to move away from the relegation zone and get a footing in the Premier League.

It would certainly hit the local sports news if Fulham and Parker were to part ways, though assuming the club will be relegated, Parker would certainly be open to other opportunities which gave him the chance to stay in the top-flight.

This move relies on relegation for Fulham, and Parker probably wouldn’t be first choice but he would almost certainly be a candidate for the job.

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