Rank Crystal Palace
24 October 2013 - Crystal Palace find themselves bottom of the table, exactly where the media predicted them to be. Having only drawn 3 games, they are 6 points away from safety and looking like the Championship team that was extremely lucky to win promotion.
Ian Holloway has stepped back from his role and resigned, stating he tried to change too much too quickly. Here we have a clip from his chat to Sky Sports News.
With Ian on his way, betting companies all over the country have listed Tony Pulis as the favourite at 1/12. Former favourite Dan Petrescu, who was once at 1/16, apparently rejected the club’s terms and is now firmly remaining at Dinamo Moscow. The club are giving temporary rains over to Keith Millen, who has said he does not feel as though he will take the job on full time. However, reports have emerged that Steve Parish is willing to give Keith the opportunity if he impresses over the next couple of weeks. There will be no rush to pick a new manager, with the club needing the right man to secure Premier League football for another year and avoid the drama of their relegation in 2005.
Tony Pulis has been unemployed since leaving Stoke City and is rumoured to be Holloway’s “best mate”. However, it remains to be seen whether Palace chairman Steve Parish will want to employ a man who is known for using long ball tactics and having a physical style of play. On the other hand, it worked so well for Stoke that they ended up in the Europa League and this could just be what Crystal Palace need to get back up the table. Holloway has left a squad that is severely lacking confidence and belief. The job it seems will be a major challenge to whoever takes over and it is unlikely to be announced any time soon.