James McArthur has revealed that he would love to come back to Selhurst Park and manage Crystal Palace one day.
The 35-year-old made the comments when speaking to The Athletic.
What’s the story?
Well, the Scot has just departed SE25 after a nine-year stay at Selhurst Park, where he racked up 253 appearances for Crystal Palace.
However, McArthur is already thinking about ways he can return to Crystal Palace, with management a potential option for the Glaswegian.
He said: “I’ve got such an amazing bond with everything to do with Palace. You have to strive for something in football. It’s a long, long way away, but (becoming Crystal Palace manager) one day is probably the dream.
“It is very sad to go but it’s coming at a very good time for people to grow with the club and do what I did when I was 27, 28 and become more of a leader and have an influence on things. I’ll always be a Palace supporter and I will be back to see them.”
In our view, McArthur will make a fine manager if he decides to go down that route.
He was always a leader out on the pitch, often captaining the side in the absence of Mile Jedinak, Luka Milivojevic and others, while his consistently impressive awareness in midfield suggests he will become a clever tactician.
James McArthur could assist Paddy McCarthy at Crystal Palace
Hiring assistants as the main men seems to be a popular trend in modern football. Arsenal did it with Mikel Arteta, while Bayer Leverkusen enjoyed success after promoting Xabi Alonso.
By the sounds of it, Steve Parish is keen to go down a similar route once Roy Hodgson departs.
The Guardian believe he wants the 75-year-old to mentor Paddy McCarthy, with a view to the Irishman becoming his long-term replacement.
If that does turn out to be the case, there would be worse ideas for Parish to explore than for McArthur to accompany the 40-year-old in the dugout.
It would be a risky move given their lack of managerial experience, but nobody can deny that the pair know all about what Crystal Palace stands for, and both also possess the character needed to fire players up.