Who next? The candidates for the Crystal Palace job

Written by Robert Sutherland
With the departure of George Burley fresh on our minds, FYP takes a look at some of the candidates who might be linked with the job. Whoever comes in will have a tough task - Palace haven't won in the last five games and desperately need an injection of confidence and stability.

Steve Coppell - A Palace legend and a manager with a great reputation in the game, Steve Coppell is a fans favourite and a likelycandidate for the job. Despite stating that he lost the passion for the job following his resignation from Bristol City, we reckon a return to Palace for one final crack at the beautiful game wouldn't go amiss. His brief spells at Manchester City and Bristol City aside - both of which were subject to interference from the boardroom - Coppell has a proven track record of success on limited budgets. Palace have exactly the right raw ingredients for a manager like Coppell to work with.

Gareth Southgate - Having gained his football education at Palace, Gareth Southgate knows all about the club, its fans and its methods. While he oversaw Middlesbrough's relegation from the Premier League, he was relieved of his duties at Boro with the side second in the Championship and looking good for promotion. Boro subsequently appointed Gordon Strachan and failed to get promoted. His inexperience may well be the biggest contributing factor to CPFC2010 looking elsewhere.

Eddie Howe - Bournemouth's young manager has impressed in the last two seasons, building a promotion-winning League 2 side from an administration-restricted budget last season and then continuing  the remarkable climb up the league to take them to their current position of 4th in League 1. Working with a mix of young players and old pros, Howe's Cherries play with a smooth attacking style that would suit CPFC2010's requirement. As with Southgate, experience might be the issue, but his managerial CV certainly has an impressive first entry.

Paul Tisdale - Another manager who has worked wonders on a tight budget, Tisdale is a sartorially elegant, stylishly-tactical manager who took Exeter City from the depths of non-league football to the heights of League 1 in just two seasons. His third year in charge saw City secure their League 1 status, while this season is likely to cement a mid-table finish. Utilising a mix of patient passing football and serious graft, Tisdale's approach could be ideal for Palace.

Chris Hughton - The former Newcastle United manager was reportedly spotted at The Den this evening, resulting in a flurry of speculation linking the Londoner with Palace. Hughton was the victim of some incredibly short-sighted chairmanship at Newcastle United, having steadied the listless Geordies by winning promotion from the Championship. While Hughton's promotion-winning side impressed, the players at his disposal certainly made the task an easier one - with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Andy Carroll and Fabricio Coloccini available to him. He won't have that kind of quality at Palace.

Chris Coleman - Another former Palace player likely to be linked with the job, Coleman certainly has the experience that Palace might be looking for. A successful spell at Fulham was followed by a tumultuous spell at Real Sociedad and a disappointing stint as Coventry City's manager. His style of football didn't win him many friends at Coventry, with the side often taking the lead only to spend the remainder of the game defending - an approach that wasn't welcomed at Palace when Peter Taylor used it.

Sean O'Driscoll - Fancy football and impressive performances, all on a tight budget - Sean O'Driscoll is another ideal candidate for the Palace job. The Irishman did a remarkable job at Bournemouth, winning promotion to League 1 with the Cherries in 2003. After six years as Bournemouth's manager, he departed for Doncaster Rovers, leading them to promotion from League 1 in 2008. Having built a strong side at Belle Vue, it is unlikely that O'Driscoll would swap mid-table security for relegation-obscurity - but it might be worth a try.

Sam Allardyce - Linked with the jobs at Burnley and Preston North End, Allardyce was quick to dismiss speculation regarding both jobs. Having worked wonders at Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, Allardyce was touted as a potential successor to Fabio Cappello shortly before Blackburn's new owners took the decision to sack him. A highly unlikely appointment is only made less likely by CPFC2010's preference for aesthetically pleasing football - something Allardyce is not famed for.

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