Chelsea boss backs former aide for Palace job

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has backed his former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka to become the next manager of Crystal Palace, reports the Daily Mail.

The Eagles have been without a manager for the last two Premier League games, after former boss Ian Holloway decided to leave the club after his side had won just one of their first nine games.

Holloway's former No 2 Keith Millen has taken temporary charge of the south London club but is not interested in taking the job full-time.

Reports suggest Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has held talks with both Martin O'Neill and Tony Pulis, however the odds on the Eagles appointing Karanka appears to be shortening by the day.

Karanka, who left the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer after Mourinho's departure, has had no previous experience of managing a club side.

However Mourinho believes the 40-year-old has all the credentials to become a Premier League manager.

"I know him very, very well. I think the club that gets him, whether in England or another country, will be a lucky club," said Chelsea boss Mourinho.

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