Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer on Southampton and Crystal Palace manager shortlists

BERGAMO, ITALY - OCTOBER 23:  FC Internazionale Milano coach Frank de Boer looks on before the Serie A match between Atalanta BC and FC Internazionale at S
Image: Frank de Boer has been linked with both clubs

Southampton and Crystal Palace are close to appointing new managers - with Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer on both clubs' final shortlists.

Sky Sports News HQ understands that Palace's search may be the more advanced, with Pellegrino and De Boer the hot favourites to replace Sam Allardyce at Selhurst Park.

Pellegrino has caught the eye of clubs across Europe after he led Alaves to a ninth-place finish in La Liga and an appearance in the Copa del Rey final.

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 21: Head coach  Mauricio Pellegrino of Deportivo Alaves gives instructions during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid
Image: Mauricio Pellegrino is also in contention to take over at Selhurst Park

Southampton are understood to have narrowed their managerial shortlist down to four candidates - with a decision expected this week.

Last week Borussia Dortmund's highly-rated former manager, Thomas Tuchel, ruled himself out of the vacant manager's job at St Mary's.

Thomas Tuchel walks out to the pitch before the Bundesliga match between FC Augsburg and Borussia Dortmund
Image: Thomas Tuchel ruled himself out of the running for the Southampton job

Former Bayer Leverkusen head coach Roger Schmidt was close to agreeing a deal before choosing a big money role in Beijing.

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Julian Nagelsmann was also an early contender, before recently extending his contract at Hoffenheim.

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