Depending on which paper you read earlier in the week, Crystal Palace were about to appoint one of a trio of former Tottenham managers to replace Tony Pulis who resigned prior to the commencement of the Premier League season.
Former Tottenham Managers for Hire!
- Tim Sherwood was set to be appointed according to the Sun.
- Glenn Hoddle was about to take on the role within days of joining Queen’s Park Rangers as a coach working along with Harry Redknapp, if you read The Independent.
- Martin Jol was the option suggested by the local Croydon Advertiser newspaper.
Which of the former Tottenham managers would be best suited to taking over as manager at Selhurst Park?
Tim Sherwood is the least experienced of the three managers. The only experience of management on his cv being his six months at White Hart Lane in the second half of last season. He would bring the work ethic to the team, something Palace would require in what will be a battle for survival in the Premier League.
Glenn Hoddle has been out of football management since 2006 but has England among his successes. He, however, had less memorable spells of management at Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers. With his coaching ability and tactical awareness he would look to bring the best out of the players but could he work and get his message across to the players?Martin Jol has experience in Holland, Germany and the Premier League. He enjoyed short-term success at Tottenham, Ajax and Fulham before eventually losing his position. He could use that knowledge to good effect to organise Palace for the battles ahead.
Of the three former Tottenham bosses, Martin Jol could well be the best fit for a Palace team needing a quick fix at the start of the new season.
It looks however, that all three will be disappointed as Malky Mackay who left Cardiff City last season has overtaken them as favourite for the appointment.
The Mirror expects an announcement any time soon with the new manager in place ahead of this weekend’s home derby against West Ham United.
Update: Mackay has withdrawn from talks with Palace while Glenn Hoddle is no longer interested. This leaves the way open for Tim Sherwood or Martin Jol, of the names linked with the post at Selhurst Park.