Roma boss Paulo Fonseca on Crystal Palace's managerial shortlist

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca on Crystal Palace’s managerial shortlist – along with Frank Lampard and Sean Dyche – with Roy Hodgson, 73, yet to discuss his future with the club

  • Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace deal is set to run down at the end of the season 
  • The 73-year-old is yet to discuss future and Palace are weighing up alternatives 
  • Roma boss Paulo Fonseca features on the shortlist to offer a new perspective 
  • Frank Lampard, Steve Cooper and Sean Dyche are also contenders for the job 

Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has been added to Crystal Palace’s shortlist should Roy Hodgson depart at the end of the season.

Palace, who face Everton on Monday, are yet to sit down with 73-year-old Hodgson to discuss what happens after his current deal runs out in the summer and are assessing alternatives in case the former England manager doesn’t continue.

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, Swansea’s Steve Cooper and Sean Dyche at Burnley are also contenders with 48-year-old Fonseca on the radar to offer a new perspective.

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca is a contender to succeed Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace if he leaves

The Portuguese coach managed Braga and Shakhtar before moving to Italy in 2019. Roma are competing for a top-four spot in Serie A this season and into the Europa League quarter-finals where they meet Ajax.

Though Palace’s previous experience with an overseas manager Frank de Boer lasted only four matches, they haven’t ruled out going abroad again for the right candidate, following the example at Leeds and Wolves who appointed Marcelo Bielsa and Nuno Espirito Santo. 

However, Hodgson’s work in keeping Palace in the Premier League does give an advantage to managers with previous domestic experience.

Hodgson, 73, is yet to discuss his future at Palace with his terms set to run down this summer

Palace will also experience a turnover in their squad this summer with a dozen players out of contract. Mamadou Sakho and James McCarthy are expected to leave with Michy Batshuayi returning to Chelsea after his loan spell.

Talks will take place with others including Patrick van Aanholt but there should be enough space for five new signings. 

Conor Gallagher and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, on loan at West Brom from Chelsea and Arsenal respectively, are among potential targets.

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