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Parish will take time over new Crystal Palace manager: Keith Millen

By Nick Purewal

Steve Parish is "in no rush" to secure Crystal Palace's new manager, according to caretaker boss Keith Millen. Temporary manager Millen expects to take charge of Tuesday's Capital One Cup trip to Walsall, and continue controlling Palace's transfer affairs in the meantime.

Palace have a week to bring in reinforcements before the transfer window closes, with temporary staff still recommending targets to co-chairman Parish.

The Eagles crashed to a 3-1 home Premier League defeat to West Ham on Saturday, further highlighting the need to conclude the hunt for Tony Pulis' replacement.

Initial favourites Malky Mackay and Tim Sherwood have long since fallen out of the running, while sources suggest Neil Lennon remains a long-shot.

"If the chairman doesn't find the right person then I don't think he'll rush into it," said Millen.

"He's in no rush to bring someone in, because he'll keep looking until it's the right person.

"He hasn't rushed before and he won't do it again."

Millen has made no secret of his desire to assume the permanent job, but will face an uphill battle after Saturday's comprehensive defeat.

Palace turned attentions away from Mackay after the FA launched an investigation into allegations of sexism, racism and homophobia against him from Cardiff.

The ex-Bluebirds boss and his former head of recruitment Iain Moody are the subject of a vast dossier submitted to the FA by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.

Millen took temporary charge at Palace for four matches after Ian Holloway's departure in October 2013, admitting he is no stranger to coping with the uncertainty.

"You just have to deal with day-to-day work, that's how I've become accustomed to dealing with these situations," he said.

Meanwhile West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes that Mauro Zarate has "matured" enough to put his controversial days behind him and pull West Ham's attacking strings.

West Ham's Argentine summer signing volleyed a fine debut goal in against Palace.

Allardyce hailed the 27-year-old's full debut, and backed him to make a big Premier League impact this season.

"The lad has grown up and matured," said Allardyce. "He's been to Italy and back to Argentina since then and scored some goals, I think he looks at his age a mature player with a lot of quality in the final-third which is something different from what we have."

Chronically toothless finishing scuppered West Ham in their season-opening 1-0 home defeat to Tottenham. Saturday's comprehensive Selhurst Park victory played witness to an immediate reversal of fortunes in front of goal, with Zarate, Stewart Downing and Carlton Cole all claiming well-taken strikes.

Allardyce admitted he hopes his side can now seize on the win.

"This time the quality of our finishing has been absolutely superb and that's why we're all so happy about the performance and the result," he said.

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