Dean Windass has tipped Valerien Ismael as the ideal man to take over as Crystal Palace manager this summer.
The Eagles are looking for a new boss following Roy Hodgson’s decision to leave the Premier League club following the end of the season in the top flight.
Ismael has garnered quite a reputation after a more than impressive campaign with Barnsley.
With the Tykes narrowly avoiding relegation last term the hope was that the Yorkshire club could preserve their Championship status once again, however it seemed that they had little to worry about.
Barnsley ended up securing a top six finish and narrowly missed out on a spot in the play-off final following a 2-1 aggregate defeat to Swansea City, which means that they’ll be playing in the second tier once again next term.
Ismael’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, and according to Windass, the 45-year-old’s playing style could be ideal for life at Selhurst Park.
Speaking to Football FanCast, Windass said: “They play a lot of route one football but if you’ve got players like Benteke then you can play that way, and you can play with long balls but you’ve got to have the right players.
“I think he did remarkable getting Barnsley into the play-offs.”
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It’s hardly a surprise that Valerien Ismael is being discussed regarding other roles.
The French coach has really exceeded expectations since moving to Barnsley – something which is a heck of an achievement given what was expected of them this term.
Ismael’s stock is incredibly high and so if the opportunity came for him to challenge himself in the Premier League or elsewhere then he’d certainly be entitled to explore those options.
Barnsley fans would love him to stick around, but it would not be a surprise to see someone handing him an opportunity at a higher level.