The former Wolverhampton Wanderers manager was all set to be announced as Roy Hodgson’s replacement, but it was announced on Wednesday morning that the deal had fallen apart, and Palace had withdrawn their interest in Nuno.
It seems as if Everton might have played a part in Nuno not joining the Eagles, and Castles revealed some fascinating information on the deal.
He said: “I understand that Farhad Moshiri was in London on Monday to conduct those talks and was confident that they could come to an agreement.
“Guidance I had from Nuno’s camp was that no agreement would happen that day. The following day, there were talks between Crystal Palace and Nuno Espirito Santo, and those progressed to the extent where Palace thought they had their man, thought they had an agreement, and even to the point of drawing up contracts which they expected to be signed yesterday [Tuesday] evening.
“My understanding is that Everton continued to push Nuno particularly after they heard that he was close to joining Crystal Palace and that Nuno was unable to decide between the two clubs, which was the best of the offers currently on the table to him. Since then, Crystal Palace have briefed that they are out.”
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TIF Thoughts on Nuno and Palace…
It seems as if the Toffees scuppered Palace’s move for Nuno, and it will be interesting to see if they appoint him or go for someone else after ruining the Eagles’ chances of appointing him.
Nuno could have been an excellent appointment for Palace as with Wolves; he achieved two top-seven finishes in the Premier League, so he could have been the man to push the club on.
It will be intriguing to see what the Eagles do next, but we think they must be fuming with Everton for apparently ruining their chances of appointing Nuno.