A recent report from John Percy at The Telegraph has suggested that the Portuguese head coach is ‘on the verge’ of taking over at Selhurst Park, noting that the two sides are in ‘advanced talks’ and that he is ‘close to being appointed’, less than three weeks after he departed from Wolves after four years in charge.
Journalist Alex Crook had recently suggested that Swansea City boss Steve Cooper could have been an option for Palace to have taken, but it looks as if it could now be Nuno that takes charge instead.
This was something that Jordan, speaking on TalkSport, seemed to be very happy with, not only because he felt that Nuno was an upgrade on Cooper, but that Nuno could, and perhaps should, have been heading to a bigger London club instead:
“Look, I wasn’t enamoured with the idea, not that it’s my decision and it’s no more my business than anyone else’s that they were looking at Steve Cooper from Swansea. I felt that was maybe not the right decision for a variety of reasons.
“Espirito Santo is someone I was advocating would be a good, good take for Tottenham, so I can hardly say he’s not going to be a good take for Palace.”
TIF Thoughts on Simon Jordan’s comments on Nuno Espirito Santo to Crystal Palace…
Could Nuno get Palace into the top ten?
If Crystal Palace do end up making this move, then it could be a real shot in the arm for them. We have written before at This Is Futbol about the sort of manager that Palace could look to appoint, and how someone like Sean Dyche comes across as a sideways move rather than a progressive one.
But with Nuno, and his potential when it comes to recruitment as he did at Wolves, this does come across as a step forward for the Eagles to make. If he can replicate what he did at Molineux, even with something of a head start as Wolves were in the Championship at the time of his arrival, then Palace could very much be on to a winner here, so Jordan is right to be excited about the idea.