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Report: Crystal Palace battle Lyon in the race for Paulo Fonseca

Muhammad Nisar

Crystal Palace face a battle to potentially sign Paulo Fonseca as their new manager after it was revealed the Italian is interesting Olympique Lyonnais.

According to, the French club are one of the most interested parties in the soon-to-be departing Roma manager. Despite the Ligue 1 giants being in the Champions League places, the club are thought to be losing patience with Rudi Garcia, who could leave at the end of this season.

The Eagles’ CEO and owner, Steve Parish was rumoured to have held talks with Fonseca over three weeks ago, according to the Italian publication. Reports emerged after it was claimed Roy Hodgson will leave the club at the end of the campaign.

Palace currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table, with the former England boss taking increasing criticism for his style of play.

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TBR View: Change is needed in south London

This season has been a bit of an eye-opener for anyone associated with Crystal Palace after what have been some shocking performances in the top flight.

Whilst Hodgson has proved to be a consistent manager, there seems to be no progress from Crystal Palace, despite the talent in the hands of the Croydon-born coach.

With the like of Ebere Eze and Wilfried Zaha in attack, you’d imagine there would be better attacking football, however, it is not uncommon for the south London outfit to go through games with poor attacking performances.

The clash with Brighton and Hove Albion earlier in the season saw the Selhurst park side come out on top, however, not without leaving fans without fingernails. Hodgson’s men managed just two shots on target and 25% possession as they spent the majority of the encounter camped in their own final third.

Fonseca has embarked on a more fruitful style of play this season, scoring 58 goals in just 34 Serie A games, showing off incredible attacking intent.

If Palace want to switch up from Hodgson, the former Shakhtar Donestk man would be a brilliant manager to bring some life to an incredibly talented first-team squad.

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