Crystal Palace have a shortlist of three names as they look to call time on Roy Hodgson’s Selhurst Park reign at the end of the season.
Unless the Eagles slip into relegation trouble Palace chairman Steve Parish will allow the former England manager to run his contract down and leave in the summer.
While Howe, who is believed to be interested in the Palace job, is instantly available it will prove harder to extract Dyche and Cooper from their present clubs.
Dyche is highly regarded by new Burnley owner Alan Pace with talks due to take place on a new contract for the Premier League ’s longest serving boss.
Cooper could well be a Premier League manager by the time Palace make the plunge for a new man with Swansea well placed in the Championship promotion race.
Both Burnley and Swansea would also demand compensation while installing Howe wouldn’t cost a penny.
Hodgson who was appointed Eagles boss in September 2017 is relaxed about his future having enjoyed a stellar career in coaching and managing spanning 45 years.
And it’s why Parish and the Palace board want to handle the change in a respectful manner unless there is a worrying downturn in results.
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Hodgson admitted earlier this month he was still “unsure” over what his future holds.
“It’s been a long time in football and I’ve enjoyed every minute,” he said. “I still am enjoying every minute working with Crystal Palace and with this group of players.
“Especially when you have a couple of good results, you feel even better about things as everybody knows.
“But I don’t really want to be in a situation where I constantly have to talk about my future because to be fair one has to be realistic.
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“It’s been a long time and I am undecided as to what the future should hold for me.”
Palace are currently in the bottom half of the table but are seven points clear of the drop zone, with just three wins to show from their last 14 matches.
During that period they have been thumped 7-0 by Liverpool, 4-0 by Man City and 3-0 by both Aston Villa and Burnley.
Hodgson added: “I’m perfectly happy at the moment to be enjoying the day-to-day, leaving the future, to some extent, to take care of itself and maybe things will come clearer to me as the season progresses.”