Newcastle boss Pardew a surprise contender for Crystal Palace vacancy

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has is a surprise name in the hat to take over at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, Club Call has reported.

Palace are seeking a replacement for Ian Holloway, who left the club after a 4-1 home defeat to Fulham in early October. Pardew’s position at Newcastle, meanwhile, came into question with the appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football before the start of the season. Combined with Pardew’s status as a favourite son of Selhurst Park from his playing days, and there have been growing suggestions he could take over at the Eagles.

The move would be a complicated one however, as Palace co-chairman Steve Parish is understood to be keen to have a permanent manager in place as quickly as possible and an approach to Newcastle for Pardew would take time to go through while Pardew remains employed on Tyneside. The issue of compensating Newcastle for Pardew’s long-term contract would also be on Parish’s mind, the website claims.

Financial reasons are said to be behind a delay in appointing former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis, who is thought to have declined the original offer from Palace. Martin O’Neill, latterly of Sunderland, is another possibility for the job while former Palace centre-back Chris Coleman, the current Wales manager, is also under consideration.

Pardew joined Palace in 1987 from Yeovil Town and went on to play more than 100 times for the south London club. A midfielder, Pardew was part of the Palace side that reached the 1990 FA Cup final, scoring the winning goal in the semi-final against Liverpool. His playing days also took in Charlton Athletic, Barnet and Reading, as well as a host of non-league clubs.

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