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With previous contender Aitor Karanka reportedly snubbing the Eagles to take charge of Middlesbrough, the former Manchester United coach is favourite to take over

Former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen is in "negotiations" with at least one club, says his agent, with the Dutchman now favourite for the Crystal Palace job.

The 49-year-old leads the betting to take the reins at Selhurst Park, with previous contender Aitor Karanka widely expected to be announced as Middlesbrough manager on Wednesday.

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Meulensteen, formerly head coach of Brondby and Anzhi Makhachkala, had three spells at Old Trafford as a youth, reserves and first-team coach and had been expected to join the Qatar Football Association as a technical director but his agent, Fons van den Brande, revealed that such a move was off the table.

"There is a lot going on, that's all I can say, but I can confirm that he definitely will not be going to Qatar," Van den Brande told The Independent.

"I have orders to say nothing else. There are a lot of negotiations going on at this moment so we will have to see what happens in the next few days."

Keith Millen is in temporary charge at struggling Palace, who are bottom of the Premier League, after Ian Holloway's resignation in October.

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