International boss favourite for Palace job
Chris Coleman is understood to have held talks with Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace over their vacant managers’ position.
A dismal run of a Palace form led to Ian Holloway’s dismissal from the club, with bookmakers slashing odds on the current Wales manager being the man to take over at the Premier League’s bottom side.
But all is not decided as former Scotland boss Alex McLeish has entered the mix with a declaration of interest in the Selhurst Park vacancy.
The Scot endured tough endings at previous clubs Birmingham City, Aston Villa and, most recently, Nottingham Forest after a fruitful spell as boss of Rangers led him to the international scene as Scotland chief, but the 54 year old is keen to return to management, insisting: ”There hasn’t been any contact yet but I am available as a free agent.” McLeish told the Telegraph.
“Crystal Palace are in a position that’s precarious for them but there’s still a lot of points to play for.”
“I’ve had those kind of challenges before and I’ve had some success and some failures, but if you’ve got a fighting spirit and good players playing to their strengths, then why can’t Palace stay up?”
As the reported front runner for the job, Coleman may have a tough decision to make with his Wales future up in the air after a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign led the former Fulham boss to consider his position.
However he’ll be given plenty of time to ponder as it is understood that Palace are in no rush for a speedy appointment and would rather carefully consider their options before making a move.
The Welshman has strong ties to Selhurst Park as a former player, but will face stiff competition with names such as Martin O’Neill and McLeish being mentioned alongside former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis after he earlier declared that he was eager to return to management.
After recently pulling out of the running for the vacancy, Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen leads the Eagles to the Hawthorns to face Steve Clarke’s West Bromwich Albion side in hope of securing a crucial result before the new man is installed, potentially, before next weekend’s home clash with Everton.