Coleman odds on to become the new Crystal Palace manager

November 5, 2013
By: Deke Hardman

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With two weeks having passed since Ian Holloway parted company with Crystal Palace, there seems to be three main runners in race to become the new Eagles manager.

Chris Coleman is now the odds on favourites to take the reins at Selhurst Park at a best price of 1.57 (4/7), with the former Palace defender’s future with the Wales national team far from certain.

He made 180 appearances in a four and a half year spell with the club, and was at the heart of their defence in the side that achieved promotion back to the Premier League in 1994.

Second in the market is former Real Madrid defender and assistant manager Aitro Karanka, who is currently out of work having not been kept at the Bernabeu by Carlo Ancelotti.

He was Jose Mourinho’s number two for the three years the now Chelsea manager spent in the Spanish capital, but has never managed a club side.

He can be backed at 4.2 (16/5) with Paddy Power, ahead of Tony Pulis, who is a 9.0 (8/1) chance with Bet 365.

The former Stoke City boss was the initial favourite to replace Holloway, but has seen his odds drift as time has gone on.

Pulis has made no secret of his desire to get back into club management following his dismissal from the Potters at the end of last season, and boasts a record of never having achieved relegation from the Premier League.

A number of usual suspects follow in the market with Alan Curbishley and Avram Grant around the 26.0 (25/1) mark, along with former Eagles boss Neil Warnock who is best priced at 29.0 (28/1) with Bet 365.

Warnock, last seen as manager of Leeds United, spent almost two and a half years as Palace manager before moving to Queens Park Rangers in March 2010.

Roberto Di Matteo is a 34.0 (33/1) shot with Bet 365 while another former Palace defender, Alan Pardew, is available at the same price with Sky Bet along with out of work duo Stuart Pearce and Alex McLeish, and Sean Dyche, who’s Burnley side currently sit on top of the Championship.

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