About a month ago, it was reported in the Italian media that Crystal Palace, who look set to see Roy Hodgson leave at the end of the season, were interested in Paulo Fonseca.
The news came from Gazzetta dello Sport, who reported the Eagles had already called the Portuguese manager about the job, just in case he would be interested.
Stories of Fonseca’s exit were pure speculation at the time since he was still under contract at Roma and had a Europa League semi-final against Manchester United to deal with, but with his side beaten 6-2 in the first leg and a disappointing Serie A campaign by their standards, the blow has been struck.
Earlier on Tuesday, the club announced they would be parting ways with their manager at the end of the campaign, leaving him free to choose another job.
Crystal Palace could be one of those, as he’s already chatted with those in charge at Selhurst Park, but they could face competition.
Calciomercato.it report that Lyon, who appear to be losing patience with Rudi Garcia, are also keen on the Portuguese, adding themselves to both OGC Nice and AS Saint-Etienne on the list of Ligue 1 club to have reached out for his services.
Something to think about, and if true, it’ll be up to the Crystal Palace brass to be extra convincing, especially with Jean-Michel Aulas’ club capable of offering him European football.