Malky Mackay will not be named as Tony Pulis' successor at Crystal Palace. That is according to Sky Sports, who are reporting that the former Cardiff City boss has been all but ruled out of the running.
News of Malky Mackay's removal from the process will come as shock to many who believed the deal was a foregone conclusion. The former Cardiff manager has been out of work since leaving the Welsh side in December 2013, with his departure from the club largely blamed on his tumultuous relationship with the chairman, Vincent Tan.
Knock on effect
This news is likely to mean that either Tim Sherwood or Glenn Hoddle could be set to take the hot-seat at Selhurst Park.
Sherwood has been out of work since his sacking from Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the summer. However, he boasts an impressive Premier League win rate - 55% - and is said to be eager to imprint his philosophy on a new side.
On the other hand Hoddle has been out of the management game for nearly a decade. He has recently signed on as Harry Redknapp's first team coach at QPR but may be tempted by a chance to manage in the top division again. Redknapp has even gone on record as saying he would not stand in Hoddle's way if he were keen to move.
Speaking to Sky Sport HQ, Redknapp said of Hoddle: "I’m delighted to have Glenn here, but listen if it’s something he wants to do, there’s nothing we can do."
Sherwood and Hoddle's experience in the Premier League is likely to have given them the edge over Mackay, who has spent most of his managerial career in the lower leagues.
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