Swansea City and Barnsley supporters can surely breathe a sigh of relief with news that Crystal Palace are close to appointing a new manager.
According to reports from The Telegraph, the Eagles are on the verge of announcing Nuno Espirito Santo as the club’s new boss.
The Portuguese head coach is in ‘advanced talks’ over the role which will see him succeed Roy Hodgson as the club’s manager following his own exit from Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers at the end of last season.
Palace had searched long and hard for the right man to replace Hodgson, with Swansea City’s Steve Cooper and Barnsley’s Valerien Ismail among those firmly on contention for the role.
Cooper enjoyed a wonderful season with the Swans and almost managed to secure promotion with the club after guiding them all the way to the play-off final at Wembley – a match which they ultimately went on to lose 2-0 against Brentford.
As for Ismail, it was no surprise to see him linked with a job at a higher level.
After Barnsley narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship last term, the French coach led the Tykes to a top six finish but saw them fall short against Steve Cooper’s Swans over two legs in the play-off semi-finals.
While interest in their services is bound to continue after such an impressive campaign, the two Championship clubs can now breathe a sigh of relief with Palace’s managerial search coming to an end.
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This is great news for Swansea City and Barnsley.
A move to Crystal is always going to be appealing to a manager outside of the Premier League and that’s perhaps why the two clubs in question were getting a bit anxious.
However with Nuno Espirito Santo set to get the job it means that fans of the Swans and the Tykes can breath a little bit easier.
If the duo continue to impress then I’m sure that more interest will arise in their services, but for now it looks like both can start to focus on the new season with their current clubs.