Crystal Palace are ‘considering Steve Cooper and Gareth Southgate’ as replacements for Roy Hodgson… while Lille’s Paulo Fonseca ‘also admired’ as they prepare for the long term

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Crystal Palace have identified former Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper and England manager Gareth Southgate as potential long-term replacements for Roy Hodgson, according to reports.

76-year-old Hodgson has endured a difficult season in the dugout that started brightly, but has since faded with Palace dropping to within five-points of the relegation zone with recent thrashings against Arsenal and Brighton.

A victory against Chelsea at Selhurst Park on Monday evening would alleviate some of the discontent from sections over the club fanbase who want to see Hodgson replaced and Palace have began identifying potential successors, as reported by The Sun.

Cooper has been out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest in December and replaced by ex-Wolves and Tottenham head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

However, he is expected to remain in the Premier League and is a viable long-term option being considered at Palace, with the club wanting to avoid bringing in another manager for only a short amount of time.

Crystal Palace have begun identifying replacements for Roy Hodgson, according to reports

Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is one of the names under consideration

Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is one of the names under consideration

Palace could also attempt to try and bring England manager Gareth Southgate to the club

Palace could also attempt to try and bring England manager Gareth Southgate to the club

The 44-year-old is admired by Palace chairman Steve Parish, although the club would prefer to wait until the summer to bring in a new head coach rather than midway through the season.

England manager Southgate is also under consideration, but is viewed as a more unrealistic appointment given his commitment to the national team.

He could become available following this year’s European Championship in Germany and has previously been touted for a stint at a Premier League side with his only other club management experience coming at Middlesbrough.

However, the FA are keen to try and extend his stay in charge of the Three Lions regardless of England’s performance in the upcoming major tournament.

Palace have also held long-standing interest in Portuguese head coach Paulo Fonseca and were previously interested in bringing him to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are currently just five-points above the Premier League relegation zone

Crystal Palace are currently just five-points above the Premier League relegation zone

Lille boss Paulo Fonseca is another candidate under consideration at Selhurst Park

Lille boss Paulo Fonseca is another candidate under consideration at Selhurst Park

Fonseca is currently in charge of French side Lille after joining two-years-ago and has been tipped to leave the team at the end of the season if a Premier League vacancy comes to fruition.

Meanwhile, Palace supporters are likely to vent their frustration again on Monday evening as calls continue to grow for an immediate change in the dugout.

Hodgson returned to Palace last season and completed his task of steering the club away from relegation, doing so in impressive style.

However, there has been public frustration from sections of the team’s fanbase this campaign after Hodgson extended his stay at the club in the summer for the current season. 

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