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Christophe Galtier on Crystal Palace manager shortlist - sources

Christophe Galtier has emerged as a contender for the Crystal Palace job.

Former St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier, a friend of Eric Cantona, is on the shortlist to become the new Crystal Palace manager, sources close to the Selhurst Park club have told ESPN FC.

Galtier played alongside Cantona, who was banned from football for nine months after his kung fu kick at a Palace fan at Selhurst in 1995.

Palace are searching for a new manager after Sam Allardyce stepped down 48 hours after the final game of the season.

Claudio Ranieri, Frank de Boer and Sean Dyche are among the managers reported to be in the frame, but Galtier has emerged as another contender after stepping down from his role at St Etienne last month.

He had been in charge since 2009 and guided the club to three consecutive top-five finishes, also winning the Coupe de la Ligue in 2013.

His side reached the last 32 of the Europa League last season before losing to Manchester United, and sources have told ESPN FC that he is open to the idea of moving to the Premier League if he receives the right offer.

However, he is not thought to be among Palace's top targets, with the club looking to finalise their search for a new boss before the end of the week.

Peter O'Rourke is ESPN FC's transfer news correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @SportsPeteO.

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