Crystal Palace set to appoint Tim Sherwood

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Tim Sherwood is set to take over the vacant managers position at Crystal Palace, as some bookmakers have stopped taking bets, reports the Daily Mail.

Former manager Tony Pulis left the London club in controversial circumstances on Friday over an apparent dispute over transfers, with Sherwood and Malky Mackay appearing as the early favourites to take over.

However, with Coral suspending betting on Sherwood, who was sacked by Tottenham at the end of last season, it seems he is the man the board have identified to take the club forward.

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The Englishman, who was close to becoming Pepe Mel's successor at West Brom, is reported to have close ties with Palace sporting director Iain Moody, having worked with him at Cardiff.

With the transfer window closing in two weeks, it is clear the Palace board need to act swiftly in appointing their new manager, in order for him to be able to bring in some targets of his own, and possibly avoid any mistakes made with Pulis.

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Fit the bill?

When trigger-happy owner Dany Levy fired Andre Villas-Boas after his faltering start to the season, Sherwood steadied an incredibly rocky ship, full of new players brought in to replace Gareth Bale.

Although missing out on the highly desired top-four place, he managed to get Spurs playing good football, and his style earned him several plaudits along the way. 

The Englishman managed to win 13 of his 22 games in charge, but ultimately it wasn't enough as they looked to Mauricio Pochettino to take the helm instead.

In the immediate aftermath of the departure of Pulis, it appeared he was neck and neck with former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, but now is a clear favourite with the bookmakers for the role.

However, it should be noted that he was in a similar situation when Pepe Mel left West Brom, only for Alan Irvine to be appointed instead. 

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