Dowie could make Crystal Palace return

Iain Dowie is becoming an increasingly strong candidate to take over as manager of Crystal Palace, it what would be his second spell in charge at Selhurst Park, writes the Daily Telegraph.

Among the other names in the running for the vacancy are former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, whose wage demands are proving to be a stumbling block, and ex-Chelsea star Dan Petrescu, who is currently in charge of Russian side Dinamo Moscow, and the Crystal Palace owners are reportedly struggling to reach a compensation agreement for the Romanian.

Following promotion last season through the play-offs, Palace find themselves bottom of the Premier League table having taken just four points from their first 11 games, which leaves them already six points adrift of safety, and while they brought in many players during the summer, Palace have suffered injuries to key players, including last season’s top scorer, Glenn Murray.

The South London club has now been managerless for nearly a month since the resignation of Ian Holloway in the aftermath of a 4-1 defeat to Fulham and October 21, but Dowie already has experience managing in the top-flight and has held positive talks with co-chairman Steve Parish.

He guided Palace to the Premier League back in 2004 against the odds, only for the club to be relegated on the final day of the following season after failing to beat Charlton Athletic, the club that Dowie would subsequently manage for a short spell in 2006. He has since been in charge over Coventry City and Hull City, and has been out of work since leaving the KC Stadium in 2010.

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