​Former St Etienne boss Christophe Galtier is on the shortlist to become the new manager of Crystal Palace.

The Eagles have been without a manager since Sam Allardyce left the club 48 hours after the final day of the season - having guided Palace to Premier League safety before his shock departure.

Galtier is said to be a friend of former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona and according to ​ESPN, is one of the names being considered by the club as they try and fill the vacant position by the end of the week.

Frank de Boer and Sean Dyche are among the other candidates in the running to take over at Selhurst Park, but Galtier has emerged as another contender after leaving St Etienne last month.

The French manager guided St Etienne to three consecutive top-five finishes and won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2013. His side also reached the last-32 of the Europa League, before getting knocked out at the hands of eventual winners Manchester United.

Galtier is reportedly interested in a move to the Premier League, although he is not top of Palace's list of targets to land the job.

However, ​Football London report that Galtier's friendship with Cantona may prove to be problematic with the Eagles hierarchy. Cantona was banned from football for nine months after his infamous kung fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan in 1995 and was unapologetic about the incident afterwards.

The resulting bad blood between the two sets of supporters boiled over into violence at the FA Cup semi-final three months later at Villa Park, during which Eagles supporter Paul Nixon was killed and many Palace fans still hold Cantona responsible.