Former Premier League star Iwan Roberts is of the view that Steve Cooper would be the perfect fit to succeed Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace.


Cooper guided Nottingham Forest back to the Premier League in the 2021/22 season, but after only one win in the 13 games with the Tricky Trees, he was removed from his role recently.


It has been suggested that Crystal Palace boss Hodgson is under pressure after his team’s seven-match winless run and Cooper has been linked with the Eagles to replace the 76-year-old tactician.




Roberts thinks that Cooper is a brilliant organiser and although his team do not play possession-obsessed football like Manchester City, he is still an excellent manager.


The ex-top-flight star believes that Cooper is made to manage Crystal Palace at some point in his career and is confident that he would be the right successor to Hodgson at Loftus Road.



“He’s a magnificent organiser”, Roberts wrote in his Pink Un column.


“I wouldn’t say his teams play like Man City or Southampton or Leicester, who are possession-obsessed, but he’s a really good coach.



“He won’t be long out of job and I think it will be in the Premier League.


“I think he is made for Crystal Palace – and I know Roy Hodgson is there – but he’s got Crystal Palace all over him.


“He was linked with Palace before Patrick Vieira took over.”


Crystal Palace are next set to take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday and it remains to be seen whether they will be able to bounce back against the Blues.