Crystal Palace surprise fans with the expected appointment of new manager Nuno Espirito Santo according to reports on Tuesday morning.
The former Wolves head coach is now in advanced talks with Palace close to make an announcement, less than three weeks after his surprise departure from Molineux.
The Portuguese was interviewed by Everton, however it is Palace who moved quickest to bring Nuno to Selhurst Park as they prepare for a big summer of changes.
Palace have considered a number of candidates following the exit of Roy Hodgson at the end of the season, holding talks with Frank Lampard and also monitoring the likes of Burnley’s Sean Dyche, Steve Cooper who guided Swansea to the playoffs as well as Valerien Ismael of Barnsley.
Nuno is now known as their preferred target and it is understood an announcement could be made later this week, with talks now progressing over a deal.
Palace recently announced that they have a huge number of players out of contract, including the likes of Andros Townsend, Gary Cahill, Joel Ward and Scott Dann, while in the last campaign they had one of the oldest squads in the English top flight.
Belgium international Christian Benteke agreed a new deal last week, and other players will be offered fresh terms, though the new manager will have a key role in overhauling the squad ahead of next season.
Eberechi Eze, who is described an outstanding attacking midfielder, is also not expected to play again until next year after sustaining an Achilles injury in training.
Nuno departed Wolves by mutual agreement before the final game of the season against Manchester United and he has been determined to make a quick return to management, ideally in the Premier League.
If he is appointed, he will replace Hodgson, who departed last month after the expiration of his contract.
NUNO’S PLAYING CAREER:
1985–1986 – Santoantoniense
1986–1987 – Quimigal
1987–1991 – Caçadores Torreenses
1991–1992 – Vitória Guimarães
1992–1996 – Vitória Guimarães – 34 games
1993–1994 → Vila Real (loan) – 19 games
1997–2002 – Deportivo La Coruña – 4 games
1998–2000 → Mérida (loan) – 69 games
2000–2001 → Osasuna (loan) – 33 games
2002–2004 – Porto – 6 games
2005–2006 – Dynamo Moscow – 11 games
2007 – Aves – 15 games
2007–2010 – Porto – 8 games
Total – 199 games
1992 – Portugal U18 – 1 game
1995 – Portugal U21 – 3 games
1996 – Portugal U23 – 5 games
2000–2001 – Portugal B – 3 games
NUNO’S MANAGERIAL STATS:
Rio Ave – 15 May 2012 until 19 May 2014 – 80 games, 32 wins, 17 draws, 31 defeats, 87 goals for, 97 goals against, −10 goal difference, 40.00 win %
Valencia – 4 July 2014 until 29 November 2015 – 62 games, 32 wins, 16 draws, 14 defeats, 104 goals for, 60 goals against, +44 goal difference, 51.61 win %
Porto – 1 June 2016 until 22 May 2017 – 49 games, 27 wins, 16 draws, 6 defeats, 88 goals for, 28 goals agaianst, +60 goal difference, 55.10 win %
Wolves – 31 May 2017 until 23 May 2021 – 199 games, 95 wins, 49 draws, 55 defeats, 277 goals for, 209 goals against, +68 goal difference, 47.74 win %
Total – 390 games, 186 98 106 556 394 +162 goal difference, 47.69 win %
Fans reacted with surprise as Crystal Palace make a set appointment of new manager…
@chrisstanley1: Wow. That’s a great, great appointment for Palace.
@jackavfc1: Good appointment for Palace
@Son_Lyme: Perfect for continuity at Palace. Sit deep and counter is the way the team is already set up.
@bottleofbeer: Good to see he’s upgraded from Wolves. Good luck
Nuno had a dream,
To build a football team
with Parish as Chairman and Zaha on the wing
With five at the back,
And pace in attack
your Crystal Palace on they way back
@lbaddhan: Can’t believe that. I expected him to move to a bigger club
@alcook82: Good appointment for Palace
@dlhomo_vusi: 15 Portuguese players incoming.
@albion_gaming: Interesting, I thought he was off to Everton. Great appointment by Palace though
@RHAVFC: Good to see Nuno moving to a bigger club.
@FawkesStephen: Well thought out move from Palace. Ideal manager to take over from Hodgson.
@PaulEFC86: Convinced he was going to be new Everton manager. Really worried for us now.
@MaxGarfield2003: I’d be interested to see how this goes. There’s a massive rebuild at Palace this summer with lots of players out of contract and they’ve got a good set of academy players through. Also interesting to see how much he’s backed in the market and who he decides to bring in
@Nick_CPFC: Oh damn, I think this one is happening then. Especially after Parish bantering with Palace fans the other day.
@WolvesFirst: Really surprising this, surely he would have got a bigger job if he had waited a while?
@EvanEFC: I’m fucking begging lads please @CPFC
@NUFCblogcouk: Wow. That’d be some appointment for #CPFC. #NUFC #WWFC
@CpfcRyan1995: Sainsbury’s into a Nando’s, It’s happening!
@TonyWilde99: Deserves the Spurs or Everton job; natural step-up. This though feels a bit mediocre. Big, but rebuild needed there too.
@_DazzlingDave: Really didn’t think he’d go Palace more likely Everton or abroad but I’m sure most of us will wish him well if he does end up there
@elliotcpfc: Fair play mr parish xx
@cj_garrett: Madness he’s going there, huge job.
@LeeCPDAFC: I think this’ll be very exciting if it happens. I can’t say I, nor many other Palace fans, would have imagined Nuno to be the man to get the job, was surprised to see him leave Wolves…..
@Liam_Ogrady95: Get the beers in
@TimHardingham: Cracking upgrade if it happens….
@larks095: Love it Palace
@JoshHolland_: Something new for #CPFC. Happy that Nuno is back working. Surprised by the appointment given their track history of managers. #wwfc
@KyleCurranUOD: Really did not expect this when I first seen the rumours… didn’t expect Nuno to even want to go to there – thought he was better than that. Regardless, it’s fantastic business from Palace. Hope he does well there. #cpfc
@EFCal97: On behalf of all the Everton fans. Thank you, @CPFC.
@JakeJackmann: Great appointment for Palace. Massive risk for Nuno. It won’t be a huge stylistic change from Roy and they will have an in with Mendes. Could help with the rebuild. I’d be a lot less confident about them struggling next season with Nuno.
@Kcb92: Solid appointment for Palace if it gets finalised but thought Nuno would get a bigger job than that to be fair to him.
@JWba1996: So weird how he’s left Wolves for Palace. Don’t blame Palace at all, great appointment.
@_Ade_: Think he’ll be a good appointment for Palace, bit of a rebuild job needed there.
@nickgoff79: When you see your ex walking down the street with a new bloke in socks and sandals
@chrislepkowski: Will be interesting to see how this goes. Big rebuild of squad, without the safety net of huge backing and post-promotion progress to fall back onto.
@Gary_Poynton: Palace fans seem awfully excited to welcome the most boring football the league has ever seen
@LiamHarris456: Crying in front of the South Bank before sodding off to Palace – the Bakary Sako special
@RyanLCFC55: Solid appointment for Palace. That team needs an overhaul and a manager prepared to take them to the next level. Nuno is that man. #CPFC
@Danny_CPFC: Get the fuck in!! Come on!