Palace close to naming new manager

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has revealed that the Eagles are hopeful of appointing a new manager this week, reports BBC Sport.

The south London outfit have been without a manager since the shock departure of Tony Pulis on the eve of the Premier League season, following rumours of a major breakdown in the relationship between the Welsh tactician and the Palace hierarchy.

It was said that Pulis was unhappy over the club’s transfer policy, and wished to exercise more control. However, the board disagreed, and Pulis departed by mutual consent.

Palace have since struggled in their attempts to appoint a successor to 2013/14’s Premier League Manager of the Season.

Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay was thought to be the front runner for the job, but an FA investigation into alleged misconduct from his time with the Bluebirds put paid to Palace’s thoughts of appointing the 42-year-old Scot.

Tim Sherwood was also interviewed, but after a delay of several days, the former Tottenham head coach also ruled himself out of the running, claiming the job was not the right one for him.

But Parish is hopeful of significant developments this week. “I have seen very few people, probably two, but I’ve spoken to other people about managers and doing background work and due diligence,” he said.

Parish also recognised the importance of making an appointment this week to give the new boss the opportunity to add to the Palace squad should they wish to. “Obviously I hope to try and have someone in the early part of this week, because we have got the transfer window [closing next Monday],” said Parish.

Other names linked with the Selhurst Park hotseat include Neil Lennon, who claims not to have had any contact with the club, and former West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke, who conversely indicated that he may be interested in the role.

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