With Crystal Palace reportedly keeping their eyes open for a new manager in case Roy Hodgson leaves Selhurst Park, talkSPORT pundit Ray Parlour reckons Eddie Howe would be a decent shout for the Eagles job.
Hodgson has been superb for Palace since taking over from Frank de Boer in September 2017, establishing the Eagles in the Premier League with 11th, 12th and 14th-placed finishes over the past three years.
However, the 73-year-old is yet to sign fresh terms at Selhurst Park with his contract due to expire at the end of the season and, according to the Daily Mail, the Eagles hierarchy has begun identifying potential replacements.
Two coaches are said to have admirers in the Palace boardroom – former Bournemouth manager Howe, and Burnley boss Sean Dyche.
“Whether he is ready to get back in… he went up to Burnley and it didn’t work out,” Parlour told talkSPORT (9 February, 4:20pm) about the 43-year-old.
“Whether he wants to be on the South Coast, I don’t know.
“When you get an opportunity, you can’t pick and choose. Eddie would be decent. I’m sure Palace would look at Eddie and say ‘lets give him an opportunity’.
“We’re not saying Roy is going to be sacked but, if Palace want to move in a different direction, maybe Eddie would be a good choice.”
Although Hodgson has impressed for Palace over the past few years, it remains to be seen whether he’ll pen a new deal.
Apparently he’s open to extending his time at Palace, and he would be a safe, stable option for the club in these uncertain times.
That said, Howe would be a great replacement should Hodgson go – he’s proven in the Premier League, knows how to work on a budget, and is currently a free agent.