There’s been enough said about the whole Malky McKay / Crystal Palace / Ian Moody / Cardiff City omnishambles this week without my opinion being added to it. The one thing it’s done is lead to a topsy-turvy betting market.
McKay was all set to be appointed. Book closed in some instances, only for the shocking revelations to be revealed. That looked to have opened the door for Tim Sherwood but for one reason or another he seems to be out of the picture with BetVictor now going 33/1 that the former Spurs man gets the gig.
That paved the way for ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon to be installed as the new favourite. Currently best-priced at 2/1 with Paddy Power the Irishman has been making a concerted effort to boost his profile of late and can be seen on your TV screens more often than Ant and Dec these days. He’s desperate to get back in the game and Palace looks like it could be a good fit all round.
But then it emerged that the man who was looked the best option to replace Tony Pulis was none other than… Tony Pulis. Has Ian Moody’s resignation changed the dynamics of the Pulis-Parrish axis that will see the former boss make a dramatic return? Have a bit of Betfred’s 9/1 if you think the cap fits for Pulis.
Other contenders in a market that looks impossible to call include Stevie Clarke 5/1 (Coral), caretaker boss Keith Millen 8/1 (SkyBet), former Palace manager Dougie Feeedman (12/1 Paddy Power) and Martin Jol (20/1 BetVictor). Freedman is the most interesting. Rumours abound that he’s on the way to London this morning.
One man not in the running is Ally McCoist. Some media poodles in Scotland have run with the story that he’s in the frame but you’re more likely to find him at the bar of the Crystal Palace Pub in Jamaica Street (Glasgow) than the dugout of Crystal Palace FC.
It’s a betting market that still got a few twists and turns left in it so don’t be scared to look at an outsider. Freedman at 12s is worth a small investment whilst Chris Hughton at 50/1 (SkyBet) looks the best of the rest and won’t be out of the game for too long.