What has Crystal Palace's strategy been in their manager search?

There have been some names linked with the Crystal Palace job who have very different backgrounds.

It has been three weeks since Ian Holloway and Crystal Palace parted company and ever since there have been a series of names linked with Selhurst Park hotseat.

But to have no-one appointed in that time seems a bit of a poor do. Names that have been banded about include Tony Pulis, Chris Coleman, and now Dan Petrescu has been linked with the post according to reports.

Others include Rene Meulensteen who has today been appointed as a head coach at Fulham alongside Martin Jol whilst Middlesbrough have appointed the former number two to Jose Mourinho in Aitor Karanka.

Several of these have different backgrounds and it looks as though there has been a lack of direction from the Palace board when it comes to appointing a new boss. Assistant coaches who have worked under prolific bosses have been linked as have those who have had Premier League experience in the past who aren’t there now.

To their credit they have appointed a new sporting director in Iain Moody – formerly of Cardiff City – but there seems to be a real sense of indecision as to who they want to head up first team affairs.

Though some fans may have felt a corner has been turned after their 0-0 draw against Everton at Selhurst Park at the weekend which has stopped the rot of seven successive league defeats under caretaker boss Keith Millen, the uncertainty surrounding that position can’t be helpful.

Now we’re in the middle of the international break, will there be some swift progress and a man appointed?

Let’s hope so. Although they shouldn’t rush and get the wrong man, the more time taken to appoint a new manager means the less time he will have to work with them.

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