Jol vs Sherwood for Premier League job despite Dutch denials

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Martin Jol remains in the running with the bookies to take over at Crystal Palace despite reports from Holland claiming he has rejected the link.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham manager Martin Jol could yet make a return to the Premier League this season despite reports from Holland claiming the Dutchman has distanced himself from the vacant post at Crystal Palace.

Tim Sherwood remains the bookies favourite to take over at Selhurst Park, after the London club ended their interest in previous front-runner Malky Mackay amid allegations of misconduct at previous club Cardiff City.

Current caretaker boss Keith Millen is second in the betting to take the Palace job permanently, while Jol remains third favourite to make a return to the capital, having previously managed Fulham and Tottenham in the English top-flight.

This price comes despite reports in Holland claiming Jol has ruled himself out of the running to land the Premier League job.

A report carried by news provider Algemeen Dagblad claims that the ex-Spurs boss does not want to be considered for the job, though he was keen to thank the club for their reported interest.

But with little in the way of confirmation available, speculation continues to surround the future of the 58-year-old, who is thought to be keen on returning to management in England.

Crystal Palace could be left with a straight-up choice between youth and experience, with Sherwood showing glimpses of an exciting young manager at Spurs who favoured home-grown players over expensive stars, while Jol is something of the seasoned pro, having spent five seasons as a manager in the English top-flight.

The Dutchman also thrived during year-long stints in the Bundesliga and Eredivisie with Hamburg and Ajax respectively, helping the Dutch club to win the KNVB Cup in 2010.

Sacked by Fulham last season, Jol’s departure failed to prompt an upturn in the Cottagers’ fortunes, with the Whites now languishing around the bottom of the Championship, following three consecutive defeats in the league under Felix Magath.

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