Crystal Palace Rumours: Latest Buzz, Speculation Around Eagles' Manager Search

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2014

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27

Neil Warnock is widely expected to be named the new Crystal Palace manager following Tony Pulis' recent exit.

BBC Sport provides the latest as an official announcement beckons:


Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23

Eurosport reports that Tony Pulis has no plans to return to Crystal Palace:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21

Sam Wallace of The Independent provides an update on Crystal Palace's search for a manager:

Crystal Palace may turn to Chelsea coach Dermot Drummy for their next manager, according to Sky Sports.

Palace are still hunting Tony Pulis' successor, and Drummy's name is the latest to be linked to the club:


Malky Mackay is reportedly to become the subject of an FA investigation after former club Cardiff lodged a series of misconduct allegations against him, reports the Daily Mail's Matt Lawton.

Malkay had been strongly linked to the vacant Crystal Palace job, but his future appears unclear after both he and Palace director of football Iain Moody were reported by Cardiff for "alleged offensive communications."

Lawton reports: 

After months of investigation, Sportsmail can reveal the details of two letters sent to the FA outlining explicit and offensive texts. 

These messages came to light after a dawn raid on Moody’s south London home in March this year, as part of Cardiff’s £750,000 investigation into eight controversial transfers.

They engaged London law firm Mishcon de Reya, whose investigators obtained a search order from the High Court to enter Moody’s house in Balham, seizing work computers and phones and taking electronic imagery of evidence. 

They were investigating alleged wrongdoing related to one of these transfers.

Around 70,000 text messages and 100,000 emails were allegedly recovered, including the text and email exchanges that form the basis of letters sent to the FA by Mishcon de Reya, on behalf of Cardiff. 

Some of the text messages recovered are said to be of a "racist, sexist and homophobic" nature, although no official comment has been offered by the FA, Cardiff, Mackay or Moody at this stage.


Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20

Sky Sports News reported on Crystal Palace's manager search:

Sam Wallace of The Independent reported on another candidate for the Crystal Palace job:

As for Malky Malkay, John Cross of The Daily Mirror reported on Palace's offer to the former Cardiff manager:

Crystal Palace yesterday did a dramatic U-turn and withdrew their job offer to former Cardiff boss Mackay.

It came after Cardiff submitted a dossier to the Football Association questioning Mackay’s conduct during his reign at the Welsh club.

Mirror Sport understands the dossier also names Palace director of football Iain Moody who worked with Mackay at Cardiff.


Original Text

Crystal Palace are frantically looking for a new manager following the sudden departure of Tony Pulis, and according to several sources, Malky Mackay could be the man to take the job in the coming days.

The Scot has been without a job since getting sacked by Cardiff City in December of 2013, but BBC Sport's David Ornstein expects the club to approach the 42-year-old nonetheless:

The London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson says Mackay is convinced he has what it takes to salvage Palace's season before it has even started, and he has the backing of Sir Alex Ferguson to take the job.

Assistant Keith Millen will fill in as long as the club is without a permanent manager, and his first task will be Saturday's fixture against Arsenal. He told reporters he was "shocked" when he heard the news, as reported by Johnson:

I am shocked at the moment. I had a phone call from the chairman last night and we had a brief conversation.

I have come in this morning and we will see what happens. I had no sign this was coming. We were frustrated because we maybe didn’t get the players in that we wanted but we have had a good pre-season with the players and were looking forward to the game tomorrow.

It’s been a big shock to myself and the players. It’s going to be a tough act to follow for someone.

Pulis took control of the relegation-threatened Eagles in 2013 and had an immediate impact on the club, as shared by Sky Sports:

The club well exceeded expectations under his guidance, finishing the 2013-14 Premier League season in 11th place. But rumours quickly started to spread that Pulis was unhappy with the club's reluctance to spend in the transfer market, and on Friday, the straw finally broke.

Mackay's managerial career got off to a rocky start with Watford, but his work with Cardiff firmly put him on the map as one of Britain's brightest young managers. Controversial owner Vincent Tan didn't make life easy on him, but he still managed to guide the team to the Premier League, an impressive feat.

Pulis greatly exceeded expectations during his time with the Eagles, so whoever takes the reins at the club next will face the difficult task of rivalling his performances. While the job may appear tantalising for younger managers looking to get back in the Premier League, the shadow of Pulis could make for a very short stint at the helm.


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