Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Mackay out of running to take reins at Crystal Palace

Malky Mackay was heavily tipped to take the reins at Crystal Palace
Malky Mackay was heavily tipped to take the reins at Crystal Palace

Malky Mackay is no longer a candidate to take over the Crystal Palace manager's job having been the front-runner throughout the process.

As of yesterday afternoon the other candidates, Tim Sherwood, Glenn Hoddle and Martin Jol, were none the wiser as to who the Palace co-owner Steve Parish had in mind as Tony Pulis's successor.

There was increasing suspicion last night that the manner of Mackay's departure from Cardiff and the tension between that club and Palace over “Spygate” led to Palace ruling out the possibility of appointing the Scot.

Cardiff decided to take further legal action against the London club yesterday after Palace were fined by the Premier League on Monday after last season's “Spygate” affair when Cardiff complained that their line-up had been leaked to Palace.

Iain Moody is Palace sporting director and, having held a similar position from which he was sacked with the Welsh club, still had contacts at Cardiff.

Palace denied the claims.

Mackay had also left Cardiff when “Spygate” occurred but the manner of his departure may be a problem for Palace.

Mackay was sacked by Cardiff despite being popular with the fans.

The Scot subsequently issued an apology to the Cardiff owner Vincent Tan, dropped a legal claim against the club and walked away from his dismissal without a penny.

Sherwood and Hoddle were the other candidates interviewed for the Palace job and Sherwood had expected Mackay to get the job.

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has capped a dream start to the new Barclays Premier League season by signing a new four-year contract with the champions.

Dzeko dazzled in his side's opening day win at Newcastle on Sunday after which City boss Manuel Pellegrini made no secret of the player's importance to the team.

After agreeing a deal which will keep him at the Etihad Stadium until at least 2018, Dzeko said it had never crossed his mind to angle for a big-money move elsewhere.

Dzeko said: “I'm really happy here at City — it's a second home to me so it was an easy decision to stay for the long-term.

“I knew from the beginning when I started here that I wanted to stay for a long time — I just can't see any place better than here.

“I'm settled perfectly to life here, I know my team-mates, the club, the team, very well and I feel like I can improve even more and we can achieve even more as a team.”

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