Former United boss one of five favourites for vacant Crystal Palace job as Pulis quits

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Former Manchester United boss David Moyes is one of the frontrunners for the vacant Crystal Palace job.

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has been is among the favourites to succeed Tony Pulis after the Welshman stunned Palace fans by walking out on the club two days before the start of the Premier League campaign.

The former Stoke City boss was reportedly at odds with Palace owner Steve Parish over proposed transfer signings and the lack of new faces. Only four players have arrived at Selhurst Park for a combined fee of £2.5 million.

Last season, after taking over the club languishing in the bottom three, Pulis pulled off a minor miracle as his side surged up the table to finish in an impressive 11th spot – their third highest ever finish in the top flight.

Following on from his incredible work will be difficult, but here are the five early favourites with the bookies Sky Bet to land the Eagles job.

Malky Mackay 4/6

Named the early favourite for the job is former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay.

The Scot started his managerial career at Watford before moving on to Championship promotion chasers Cardiff. With the Bluebirds, after missing out in the playoffs in his first season, Mackay won the league in his second season, claiming 87 points.

His Premier League campaign, however, was ended abruptly due to a broken relationship with controversial owner Vincent Tan.

Comfortable playing a direct style and well-drilled with set pieces, it’s easy to see why Mackay is the early favourite.

David Moyes 5/1

Former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes has been selected as second favourite for the job with odds of 5/1.

It was just over 12 months ago that Moyes was handed the reins at Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, but he was on a hiding to none from the very start.

The big-money signing of Marouane Fellaini ultimately failed, and the Red Devils’ disastrous Premier League campaign and cup exits left the United board little option but to get rid.

Moyes, however, has proven that he’s a more than capable Premier League boss and Palace would be fortunate to get him.

Tim Sherwood 6/1

Some could suggest that former Tottenham Hotspur boss Sherwood was rather unfortunate to lose his job after guiding the club to a sixth place finish ahead of Manchester United.

As it was, Spurs opted for Mauricio Pochettino this summer and Sherwood - heavily linked with the West Brom job before opting against it – is now out of action.

Renowned for working with youth players and working with what he has, he could be a good option for Palace owner Steve Parish.

Neil Lennon 7/1

Former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is Sky Bet’s fourth favourite for the job, and what an intriguing appointment he would be.

He proved during the Champions League how well he can adapt from attacking football in the Scottish Premier League to playing a rigid defensive formation to frustrate giants such as Barcelona.

Players such as Kris Commons and Gary Hooper improved greatly whilst playing for The Hoops, and Lennon’s rapport with his players was clear to see.

The Premier League would provide a great challenge, though he might be looking for a club with a bit more security before breaking his managerial duck in England.

Glenn Hoddle

Former Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle was reportedly close to taking over at White Hart Lane after Andre Villas-Boas was sacked but didn’t get the job.

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His last managerial job in England was with Wolves in 2006, though he has admitted to receiving a number of offers.

Currently working with Harry Redknapp at QPR, Hoddle is amongst the early favourites for the job but his time out of the Premier League makes him an unlikely successor.

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