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5 Leading Candidates to Replace Neil Warnock As Crystal Palace Manager

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Neil Warnock became the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season as Crystal Palace wielded the axe on Saturday.

Here, Press Association Sport's Simon Peach looks at five managers the south Londoners may be looking at to replace him with.

Tim Sherwood

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The former Tottenham boss was swiftly installed as the bookmakers' favorite to replace Warnock. Sherwood was interviewed for the job in August after Tony Pulis' shock exit, but ruled himself out after the process dragged on.

Tony Popovic

Tony Popovic

The former Australia international has strong ties with the Eagles, having played for the club for five seasons before returning in 2011 as part of Dougie Freedman's backroom set-up. Popovic has a burgeoning reputation, boosted last month by leading Western Sydney Wanderers to the Asian Champions League.

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

The former England boss reportedly turned down the chance to speak to Crystal Palace in August, having only recently become a coach at QPR. Hoddle was believed to be on a three-man shortlist to replace Pulis, along with Sherwood and Malky Mackay.

Chris Hughton

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Out of work since being sacked by Norwich in April, the former Newcastle and Birmingham is amongst the bookmakers' favorites to replace Warnock. Hughton guided the Canaries to 11th in the Premier League in the 2012/13 season.

Tony Pulis

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Just 134 days after leaving the club by mutual consent, could Pulis be returning to Selhurst Park? The bookies certainly seem to think there is a chance and it would certainly appear a wise appointment. Pulis won the Premier League's manager of the year award last season after impressively steering the club to safety.

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Neil Warnock has become the Premier League's first managerial casualty of the season – an "unfortunate decision" Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish felt he had no choice but to take.

Just four months after beginning a second spell at the Selhurst Park helm, the 66-year-old has been relieved of his duties having failed to carry on the stellar work done by predecessor Tony Pulis.

The south Londoners slipped into the bottom three on Boxing Day after an embarrassing 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, during which supporters turned on Warnock.

Palace have acted swiftly to halt that alarming slide by sacking the Yorkshireman and putting Keith Millen in caretaker charge for the second time this season.

"It just didn't gel," co-chairman Steve Parish told the South London Press. "It didn't work. Keith is probably in charge for the next two games.

"We need a win. QPR is no bigger than any other but we need three points.

"Neil is a lovely bloke. He did everything he could.

"It's an unfortunate decision. I thought about it overnight and decided we needed a change. Hopefully we'll get a reaction from everybody."

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. GallipoliVC

    December 27, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Why would Pulis even want the job back? Didnt he leave to avoid the trainwreck that has been their season.. Wonder who Becks favors?

  2. Brian

    December 27, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    If Tony Pulis turns down Palace then they should go for Chris Hughton. They need to look at getting someone for the long term.

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