Big Sam quits: Rating the replacements

Sam Allardyce raised a few eyebrows on Tuesday when he quit as manager of Crystal Palace just a week after guiding the perennial strugglers to Premier League safety.

The former England manager walked away from the job, saying in a statement that he wanted to “travel and spend more time with his family” after rebuilding his reputation following his controversial spell as national boss.

News of the vacancy immediately sparked rumours of who the Eagles may have lined up to take over in the wake of Big Sam’s exit.

FOX Sports Asia takes a look at some of the names being mentioned and rates them accordingly.

Marco Silva

Silva was highly impressive in his short period at Hull City, almost saving them from the drop, which means his services will be in demand if and when he decide to leave the Tigers. Watford, West Ham and a whole host of clubs are said to be interested in securing the services of the Portuguese.

Rating: 4/10 Palace would definitely be interested in Silva, but with reports he has already been talking to Porto, the draw of Champions League football and a move back home may prove too strong.

Roy Hodgson

Has been out of work since resigning in the wake of England’s failure at Euro 2016, but has a solid management record at club level in the Premier League, enjoying good spells at several clubs including Blackburn, Fulham and West Brom.

Rating: 5/10 Would probably not be a popular choice with fans given his spell as national coach, but just the kind of figure that could stabilise Palace in mid-table and bring an end to their annual relegation struggles.

Claudio Ranieri

What more can be said about everyone’s favourite Italian? Took an unfashionable Leicester side and moulded them into shock Premier League winners, and all in one season. OK, so it didn’t end well, but the likeable figure’s stock is high and it surely won’t be long until he is back in work.

Rating: 6/10 Has lots of Premier League experience and would be a popular choice given what he achieved at the King Power Stadium. Although Palace fans should probably not expect to win the league should he get the job.

Chris Coleman

The Wales manager is a fan favourite at Selhurst Park after spending four years there as a player. Has a patchy record at club level after spells with Fulham, Real Sociedad and Coventry, but has worked wonders with Wales, taking them to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Rating: 9/10 The bookies favourite, Coleman could be tempted back into club management by his former employers, and with Wales struggling to make it to the 2018 World Cup.

Slavisa Jokanovic

An outsider, the former Watford boss has performed miracles at Craven Cottage this season, turning relegation candidates Fulham into one of the division’s most entertaining sides and securing a playoff spot in the process.

Rating: 6/10 Fulham’s loss to Reading in the playoff semi-finals could see Jokanovic tempted by the prospect of having a crack at the top-level if Palace were to make an approach.

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