Nuno Espirito Santo left the ranks of Wolverhampton Wanderers after four years in search of a new challenge. He was practically seen on the Everton bench, but they will have to continue the search for Carlo Ancelotti's successor.
According to the British Telegraph, the Portuguese expert is taking over the Crystal Palace team. Three weeks after parting ways with the club from Molineux, Espirito Santo is on the verge of signing a contract with the Eagles.
At the end of the season, the team from Selhurst said goodbye to coach Roy Hodgson, who retired, and to the surprise of many, they brought the Portuguese as a replacement. According to the English media, the management of the Palace talked to a large number of experts.
Negotiations were held with Frank Lampard, as well as with Sean Dyche from Burnley, Steve Cooper from Swansea, and Valerien Ismael, who made a miracle with Barnsley in the Championship. However, the Telegraph reports that Nuno was the real target from the start and that the two sides are in the final phase of negotiations.
Official confirmation is expected by the end of the week.
Crystal Palace players
The impression is that the club from London could make a great move by hiring the Portuguese, who proved himself in England by leading the Wolves.
He introduced the team from the West Midlands to the Premier League and then secured their place in the upper half of the table. He also won a place on the international scene and reached the quarterfinals of the Europa League with the Wolves.
Still, there is a lot of work ahead of Nuno Espirito Santo. A large number of players are left without contracts (Gary Cahill, Andros Townsend, Scott Dann, and Joel Ward), and they also have one of the oldest teams in the league.
At the end of the season, the team from Selhurst said goodbye to coach Roy Hodgson, who retired, and to the surprise of many, they brought the Portuguese as a replacement. The talented Eberechi Eze was supposed to be someone around whom the team will be built, but the former Queens Park Rangers player is recovering from a serious injury.
The fate of the best player of the team, Wilfried Zaha, who has had ambitious suitors for a couple of seasons, is also in question. Crystal Palace has become a stable Premier League team and they probably think it is time for their club to go one step further and try to reach the European competition.
For something like that, it will be necessary to save important players first, but also to invest more money in new players this summer.