Mackay keen on Crystal Palace vacancy

Former Watford and Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is keen to take over at Crystal Palace and replace Tony Pulis, who left by mutual consent on Thursday, according to BBC Sport.

Pulis ended his reign suddenly after a meeting with co-chairman Steve Parish, with the duo reportedly disagreeing on a number of issues concerning the club. He had led them to 11th place in the Premier League last season, and they begin the new campaign away to Arsenal on Saturday, with Keith Millen taking caretaker charge.

Since Thursday’s news, Mackay has been the clear favourite to take over. He knows head of recruitment Iain Moody well, having worked with him at both his previous clubs, and is looking to get back into management. The chance to do that at a Premier League has made him extremely interested in the role.

Palace could approach Mackay over the vacancy as early as the coming week. The Scot has been out of work since he sacked by Cardiff in December 2013 due to a public dispute with owner Vincent Tan. That was despite guiding them into the top-flight the previous season.

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