Former Coventry City defender Scott Dann is heading back to the English Championship after he was released by Premier League outfit Crystal Palace earlier this summer.


Dann, 34, is one of the 22 players released by Crystal Palace following the appointment of a new manager this summer. Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira has been given the Crystal Palace job and he replaces veteran manager Roy Hodgson who has masterminded Premier League safety at the club for the past seasons.

Hodgson left Crystal Palace at the end of his contract with the club earlier this summer as club officials decided that it is time for change in the dugout for the London club to move forward. Former Arsenal skipper Vieira is the new man in the Palace dugout after his appointment was confirmed this summer. He previously managed New York City FC in the MLS (Major League Soccer) and French Ligue 1 team OGC Nice.

Ex-Coventry City centre back Dann might have been given a new deal if Hodgson stayed on as manager. Dann was released at the end of his contract last month and he has been without a club since then. The Englishman spent eight years at Selhurst Park.

Dann made his name in the English Championship with Coventry City on the back of his transfer from Walsall in 2008 before going on to represent the likes of Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace in the Premier League. He has been linked with a return to Coventry City this summer with manager Mark Robins keen to boost his centre back options with an experienced player like him but his wages could be a big problem for the Sky Blues.

Coventry City boss Robins is said to be in the market for a new central defender to compete with the likes of Michael Rose, Don Hyam and Kyle McFadzean. Josh Park could also do a job in the position.