Crystal Palace close in on Warnock appointment

The 65-year-old, who spent nearly three years at Selhurst Park previously, is leading the race to take over the vacant position following Tony Pulis's abrupt exit
By Graeme Bailey

Crystal Palace are closing in on the appointment of Neil Warnock as their new manager, Goal understands.

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Warnock and former West Brom manager Steve Clarke have been widely reported as the two frontrunners for the role, but the Eagles are leaning towards the 65-year-old to become Tony Pulis's successor.

Both are believed to have been interviewed this week after ex-cardiff City boss Malky Mackay withdrew from the running.

The Scot's bid for the vacancy collapsed following allegations of appropriate text messages between himself and Iain Moody while the pair were at the Welsh outfit - with the latter since resigning from his role as sporting director at Selhurst Park.

Warnock, who has been out of work since leaving Leeds United in April last year, is a familar face to Palace, having managed the club between 2007 and 2010 and guiding them to the Championship play-off final in 2008 where they lost to Hull City.

Pulis was named manager of the year last season after guiding Palace to an 11th-placed finsih but resigned on August 14 after reportedly becoming frustrated over an inability to secure transfer targets.