With Shaun Derry’s recent sacking at Notts County, plenty of Crystal Palace fans have been calling for the former midfielder to be given a coaching role within the club, leading to Steve Parish to be questioned over the feasibility of such a move.
When speaking to the Croydon Advertiser recently, the Palace co-chairman admitted that Shaun himself would probably be aiming a little higher than a simple coaching role, before distancing himself from the decision making process to a degree.
I don’t think Shaun sees himself coaching in the academy, I think it’s more towards being a manager.
“It’s difficult but it would be up to Alan. He sorts out his coaching staff and he’s obviously been working with Keith Millen and Ben Garner.
“It’s important we keep stability and the manager has got input on who he wants.
“First team, who he wants around him, is down to him.”
With Pardew having control over who he does and doesn’t have on the coaching staff, it seems unlikely that a move for Shaun Derry will materialise, given the fact that there is no tangible connection between the two.
During Warnock’s second spell, there were plenty of rumours suggesting that Derry was being lined up to come in, with monetary issues standing in the way, but with his old boss now gone, the club looks to be moving in an entirely different direction, leaving talk of the former club captain’s potential return looking a little far-fetched.
From the perspective of sheer nostalgia, Derry’s return would certainly warm a few hearts, but in reality, there is little to no room for him, particularly when you consider the lofty ambitions he holds of a continued career in management rather than coaching.