Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says he is aiming to bring in a new manager to succeed former boss Tony Pulis by Wednesday.
The club confirmed the shock news on Thursday that last season’s Manager of the Year had come to a mutual agreement to end his contract with the Eagles.
The decision to part ways came as a huge shock to fans, pundits and head coaches alike as the Welshman had led Palace to an 11th place finish last season. It was a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for a club who had looked destined for the drop before he took over.
Since the departure of Pulis there have been several reports claiming the club were not working hard enough to bring in the required transfer targets. However, this is a claim that Parish has rejected.
“The stories about me wanting certain players and Tony not wanting certain players are just not the case,” he told the BBC. “My job is to try to get the deals done for Tony or any other manager.”
The attention now turns to who will succeed Pulis, and there have not been any shortage of applications for the managerial post. Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay and Tim Sherwood are the early favourites, whilst Chris Hughton is also seen a candidate for the job.
It is sure to be a difficult task for whoever takes over but, after the spirited performance against Arsenal on Saturday where they lost 2-1 at the Emirates, the Eagles look like they have a great chance of maintaining their Premier League status.