Palace Reported To Have Contacted Pellegrino Over Vacant Manager Role

0 Posted by - June 1, 2017 - News

Crystal Palace are believed to have made contact with former Alaves boss Mauricio Pellegrino over the last couple of days, with the Argentine speaking openly about his desire to work in England. 

Normally, I would link directly to news source in question (so as not to deprive them of web traffic) but unfortunately, the quotes have only been featured in The Sun, who I along with thousands upon thousands of football fans despise. As a consequence of that, I will be reproducing the quotes given by Pellegrino in this article itself. 

Until now, Crystal Palace have only had one non-British manager in their entire history, prompting many of our fans to yearn for a change of direction with Steve Parish’s next appointment. Although Marco Silva decided on Watford and Roberto Mancini looks highly unlikely, Pellegrino would certainly be a bold and exciting choice. 

When pressed on his immediate future, the former La Liga man said: 

“What we achieved at Alaves was incredible but now it’s time for a new challenge.

“I would love to manage in England. The Premier League is the most exciting in the world.

“I loved my two seasons as a coach at Liverpool and playing for them for half a season, too.

“Mauricio did a great job by going to England with Southampton and he has done unbelievably well with Tottenham.

“He has hopefully given Argentine managers a good reputation!”

For those of you who are unaware of the work done by Pellegrino this year, it’s worth knowing that his stint at Alaves has been nothing short of incredible. Having taken over a team who were given no chance of survival following promotion, he guided them to a ninth place finish and the final of the Copa Del Rey, stunning a huge number of sceptical pundits in the process. 

Already able to speak English and with experience on our shores, it’s a move that ticks an awful lot of boxes. Hopefully we press on with negotiations in the next few days. 

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  • Richard Down June 1, 2017 - 7:04 am Reply

    Would we be beneath him! He sounds good . Have to check out what the Alaves style was like. Keeping our best and improving on it is what thi year is all about, Does he do Academies

    • admin June 1, 2017 - 7:28 am Reply

      I think we must make sure we don’t develop an inferiority complex Richard, we’ve been a Premier League club five years now; that’s a pretty big draw for most managers.

  • Richard C June 1, 2017 - 8:15 am Reply

    I see this as a far more proactive move and would show forward thinking by the club. An ambitious manager desperate to work in the PL. If he is anything like Pochettino then he could be good for us.

    I have been chastened on here and the Holmesdale site for distancing myself from the old guard but its just because I want the team to move forward. I know you feel the same way and I am pretty sure Parish does as well. Let’s see what happens!

    • admin June 1, 2017 - 8:41 am Reply

      Someone like Coleman would be such a disappointment for me now. I’d love us to have a fresh approach, let’s hope this works out.

  • Gordon June 1, 2017 - 1:19 pm Reply

    He would be an ideal choice and he’s already worked along with sammy lee which could be in our favour. But we need to act fast before somebody else goes in for him. We’ve already lost out on Silva and Mancini.

    • admin June 1, 2017 - 2:07 pm Reply

      I’m not sure we ever fully went for Mancini to be honest. Let’s hope the wheels are in motion now.

  • Carole Roberts June 2, 2017 - 7:07 am Reply

    Go for him great move.

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