Crystal Palace 'suffer blow in their pursuit of Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna... but are hopeful the former Man United coach will join the club at the end of the season if they sack under-pressure Roy Hodgson'

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By Luke Power For Mailonline

Published: 13:51 EST, 13 February 2024 | Updated: 13:53 EST, 13 February 2024

Crystal Palace person reportedly grounded to poach Ipswich Town leader Kieran McKenna arsenic he is reluctant to jump vessel pinch his broadside successful nan Premier League promotion hunt. 

Chairman Steve Parish said pinch McKenna's campy but he is unwilling to time off pinch Ipswich 4th successful nan Championship, while Palace are 15th successful nan apical flight. 

Palace still dream he could return nan reins astatine nan extremity of nan play and Parish would for illustration to switch Hodgson then, but McKenna won't perpetrate to that owed to Ipswich's existent upward trajectory, arsenic per The Guardian. 


They are besides reportedly monitoring Oliver Glasner, nan Austrian who led Eintracht Frankfurt to Europa League glory and a home cup last earlier leaving successful June 2023, according to The Telegraph. 

Hodgson has insisted Palace tin look from their 'bad period' before their play crumbles but a tally of 4 wins successful 18 Premier League games has heightened nan threat of relegation. 

Kieran McKenna does not want to time off Ipswich correct now contempt Crystal Palace's advances

Steve Parish met his representatives and is still hopeful McKenna would subordinate astatine nan extremity of nan season

The temper has soured among nan Eagles religious successful caller weeks, with furious fans unfurling banners blaming 'wasted potential' and 'weak decisions' aft nan 5-0 nonaccomplishment to Arsenal past month. 

Hodgson narrowly avoided being struck by a rocket launched from nan Selhurst Park stands earlier this twelvemonth and afterwards claimed supporters had been 'spoiled' by nan nine successful caller years. 

This is Palace's longest continuous tally successful nan apical formation successful their history, now connected to their 11th-straight play pursuing promotion successful 2013. 

However, a talented harvest of players including Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise has often looked shackled and they person slumped to 15th successful nan table, conscionable 5 points supra nan driblet zone. 

They took nan lead against Chelsea connected Monday nighttime but conceded an equaliser conscionable aft nan break and capitulated successful stoppage time, shipping doubly to surrender a point. 

Conor Gallagher scored doubly against his aged club to substance nan Blues' comeback and condemn Palace to a 3rd convention conclusion successful 4 games. 

Hodgson has labelled this nan 'toughest period' of his profession but will beryllium hopeless to spot retired nan occupation astatine a nine who he has led to a mostly unchangeable Premier League stint. 

Meanwhile, Ipswich leader McKenna is connected nan up and tin seemingly do nary wrong. 

Roy Hodgson is nether nan microscope aft a tally of 4 wins successful 18 games, pinch palace threatened by relegation 

Palace person suffered dense caller defeats, including a 5-0 nonaccomplishment astatine Arsenal and 4-1 astatine Brighton

Fans person been vocal successful their dissatisfaction and Hodgson their deficiency of supportiveness

The erstwhile Manchester United coach led Ipswich to 2nd spot and automatic promotion from League One past run aft they had had endured 3 mean seasons. 

Now they are competing pinch caller Premier League drop-outs Southampton and Leeds United for 2nd spot successful nan Championship. 

More broadly, McKenna has reinvigorated Ipswich pinch optimism aft years of mediority and dismay. 

Last week, erstwhile asked astir stories linking him to Palace, he said: 'My afloat attraction and committedness is pinch Ipswich and nan play that we're having and nan adjacent crippled ahead.'