What The Papers Say - 16 February

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Crystal Palace could have a new manager when they visit Goodison Park for Monday evening’s Premier League match against Everton (8pm GMT kick-off).

Journalist Fabrizio Romano reports the Eagles have already found Roy Hodgson’s successor.

On Thursday, he wrote on X: “Crystal Palace have appointed Oliver Glasner as new head coach! Roy Hodgson has been fired. Positive approach revealed yesterday night and agreement being sealed now as contracts are being reviewed. Two year contract for Glasner at Palace. He gave green light yesterday.”

Glasner is most well-known for his time in the Bundesliga, where he managed both Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt. As head coach of the latter, he guided the club to UEFA Europa League triumph in 2022, beating Rangers in the final.

Despite the news, Roy Hodgson remains the current Palace manager but was taken ill in training yesterday. The club made this announcement on their official website: “Following news that Roy Hodgson was taken ill during today’s training session, we can confirm that he is now stable and is currently undergoing tests in hospital.

"Everybody at the club sends their best wishes to Roy for a speedy recovery.”

Elsewhere, writing for the Liverpool ECHO, journalist Luke Davies believes Monday’s game could provide a welcome opportunity for Everton to pick up three points against a Palace side who have won just three games in their past 19 in all competitions.

The Eagles could also be without three key players, as Davies writes: “This is a huge game in Everton’s fight for Premier League survival. Palace are expected to be without Eberechi Eze, Michael Olise and Marc Guehi when they visit Goodison Park next Monday.

"The visitors are a team lacking confidence and enthusiasm. Everton must take advantage and will be bolstered by the likely return of Doucoure, who will continue to be assessed.

"In terms of selection, if he’s fit, Doucoure slots back into the 10-role, allowing Jack Harrison to return to the right wing with Dwight McNeil on the opposite flank.

"The defence was more than capable against Manchester City, so an unchanged back four may be expected. It cannot be stressed enough how big this game is; after seeing Palace dismantled by Chelsea, it should breathe confidence into the Everton dressing room."