Amid talk of a takeover at Crystal Palace, should manager Neil Warnock be fearing for his job?
Neil Warnock finds himself in a tricky situation at Crystal Palace.
Talk of interest from American billionaires should have him rubbing his hands together ahead of the January transfer window.
Palace have grown accustomed to hunting in bargain bins, with value for money required while working to a tight budget.
The purse strings could be blown off, though, were Josh Harris to take control at Selhurst Park – a private equity investor who already owns NHL side the New Jersey Devils, NBA outfit the Philadelphia 76ers and is said to be worth around $2.1 billion.
Warnock would love to get his hands on some of that cash, but will he be given the opportunity?
History suggests that big-money takeovers tend to lead to one thing – the removal of the man presently charged with the task of delivering on-field success.
Warnock is long enough in the coaching tooth to know how things work and claims to be embracing the reported interest from the States, rather than fearing the possible implications it could have for him.
He told talkSPORT: “If you get billionaires coming in, then the current owners will have to talk to people like that.
“The lads who own the club are big fans at heart. If it was something that actually helped the club and alleviated some of the pressures, then they’d welcome it, but only if it was the right person.
“I’m not worried about my job at all. I was coming in to help them out, I know I wasn’t first choice."
Warnock returned to club management in August, 14 months after he was relieved of his duties at Championship side Leeds United.
He was asked to fill the void created by Tony Pulis’ unexpected departure, with the 2013/14 Premier League Manager of the Season walking away before a ball was kicked in the current campaign.
His record at the very highest level is not the best though – having previously taken Sheffield United down and been sacked by Queens Park Rangers as they started to slip towards the trapdoor.
He has Palace sat just one point above the drop zone at present, following a three-match winless run, and will be aware that he needs to start turning the tide if he is to convince his potential new bosses that he is worth retaining.