Betting Special: Sherwood and Mackay lead the chase for vacant Palace position

Two names dominate the betting markets as it appears the Eagles are closing in on appointing Tony Pulis' replacement just a matter of days after he left the club
When Ian Holloway left Crystal Palace after a dismal start to the last Premier League campaign it took the club several weeks to finally appoint Tony Pulis as his replacement. The position is vacant again but it appears Steve Parish and the Palace board are almost ready to appoint their next boss.

The bookmakers think it's most likely to be former Tottenham Hotspur boss Tim Sherwood, with Paddy Power quoting odds of just 4/9 (1.44) on the 45-year-old getting the job at Selhurst Park on a permanent basis. Sherwood left White Hart Lane at the end of last season, he was in charge for almost five months having taken over from Andre Villas-Boas in December 2013.

Malky Mackay is seen as the only serious contender to Sherwood in the betting. Mackay has been on the sidelines since last December after leaving Cardiff City and the 42-year-old Scot has expressed his desire to take over at Palace and make his return to management.

One factor in Mackay's favour may be his previous experience working with Ian Moody, who is now Palace's sporting director. The pair worked closely together at Cardiff City where Moody was the head of recruitment during part of Mackay's tenure at the Welsh club before being axed by owner Vincent Tan and subsequently making the switch to Selhurst Park.

Roberto Di Matteo is a distant third favourite in the market, priced at 14/1 (15.0) by the Irish bookmaker with current caretaker boss Keith Millen available to back at 25/1 (26.0) to take charge of the Eagles on a permanent basis.

Former West Brom boss Steve Clarke is available at 20/1 (21.0) with Paddy Power, the same price as Chris Hughton, who left Norwich towards the end of last season and ex-Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

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