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.