Meulensteen linked with Crystal Palace vacancy

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has been linked with the vacancy at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Mail, after the Eagles missed out on Aitor Karanka, who is set to join Middlesbrough instead.

It had appeared that former Spain defender Karanka, who assisted Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, was to become Head Coach at Selhurst Park, working alongside Ian Moody, who was recently appointed as sporting director following his controversial exit from Cardiff City.

But Middlesbrough look to have swooped for Karanka to replace Tony Mowbray, who left Teeside in October. A news conference has been called by Middlesbrough for Wednesday, at which Karanka is expected to be confirmed in the post.

Palace have been searching for a successor to Ian Holloway since an October home defeat to Fulham, with Holloway leaving the club in the days that followed. His assistant, Keith Millen, has been in caretaker charge, but Palace have remained on the foot of the table, having come up through the play-offs at the end of last season.

Meulensteen was first team coach at United under Sir Alex Ferguson and left Old Trafford at the same time as the Scot, not kept on by Ferguson’s successor David Moyes. A brief spell at Anzhi Makhachkala followed before the Russian club’s owner withdrew his financial support, with the Dutchman now mentioned in connection to the job in south London.

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