Crystal Palace in talks with O’Neill and Pulis over vacancy

Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace have spoken with Martin O’Neill and Tony Pulis over the managerial vacancy at Selhurst Park, the Guardian has reported.

Ian Holloway left the club earlier in October following a 4-1 home defeat to Fulham, with his assistant, Keith Millen, placed in caretaker charge. Millen oversaw a 2-0 home loss against Arsenal on Saturday and is likely to still be in place for the trip to West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

O’Neill has not returned to management since leaving Sunderland in March, but is understood to have had contact with Palace co-owner Steve Parish. It was Palace who made the approach to O’Neill, the newspaper adds, with the club wary of O’Neill being a contender for the position as Republic of Ireland manager, while his salary may also curtail any chance of a switch to Palace.

Pulis, meanwhile, parted company with Stoke City at the end of the season and was publically confirmed as a candidate to replace Holloway by Parish at the press conference to announce Holloway’s departure. Pulis took the Potters into the Premier League and has never been relegated as a manager but like O’Neill, may be out of Palace’s price range.

The likes of Gary Megson, Alan Curbishley and Chris Coleman, a former Palace defender and current Wales manager, have also been mentioned in connection with the post, while the possibility of appointing a younger Head Coach under an experienced director of football has been mooted. Steve Coppell and Gerry Francis would be among the names under consideration for the director’s position.

Palace were promoted via the play-offs last season, with a victory over Gianfranco Zola’s Watford. But they have lost eight of their nine games so far this season, beating only Sunderland, who had been bottom of the league until their Wear-Tyne derby win over Newcastle saw them go above Palace, who were beaten by Arsenal the same weekend.

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