Pulis emerges as Palace favourite

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: October 24 2013, 9:02 BST

Tony Pulis quickly emerged as the favourite to become Crystal Palace's new manager on Wednesday evening.

Tony Pulis: Set for a return to the Premier League?
Tony Pulis: Set for a return to the Premier League?

The former Stoke boss was the one punters latched onto after Ian Holloway's departure was confirmed. Both parties said it was by mutual consent with Palace having lost seven of their opening eight Premier League matches.

As the news broke, the layers were initially split between making Pulis and Neil Warnock the market leader.

However, Pulis, who left Stoke last summer, was soon the one attracting cash. Ladbrokes initially had him at 8/1 but by that quickly turned into a best of 2/1.

As the evening turned into night Sky Bet's 5/4 was the best price about Pulis with many firms odds-on.

Warnock, Stan James' 2/1 jolly before Holloway's departure was even confirmed, soon drifted to 10/1.

Roberto Di Matteo and Martin O'Neill were also fairly prominent, with Alan Curbishley and Chris Coleman, both former Palace players, also towards the head of the betting, albeit at double-figure prices.

Coral's David Stevens said: "Tony Pulis is the early front-runner to fill the Selhurst Park hot-seat, but whoever replaces Ian Holloway faces an uphill struggle to keep Crystal Palace in the top flight, as the odds suggest they already have one foot in the Championship."

Coral are currently a standout 1/8 about Palace going straight back down to the Championship. Sky Bet will give you 13/2 about them staying up.

Speaking about his manager's exit, club owner Steve Parish said: "I was more than happy to get relegated and come back up with Ian. The word 'sacked' has never been mentioned among the directors

"Ian's been very noble and he's come forward and said, 'I can't do it'.

"Ian feels very strongly that we need to stay in this division. It's so difficult to get out of the Championship now.

''You'd love to have someone in place next week, but I haven't got a list."

Palace host leaders Arsenal on Saturday. Keith Millen has been placed in temporary charge.

  • Posted at 1830 BST, updated at 2255 BST on 23/10/2013.