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Crystal Palace weigh up options after Sam Allardyce departure

Crystal Palace are weighing up their options in the search for an eighth manager in the space of seven years in the wake of Sam Allardyce's shock departure.

The south London club are not making any immediate official comment following the news on Tuesday evening that Allardyce had decided to end his tenure after only five months at Selhurst Park, other than publishing his resignation statement on their website.

The time frame for a new appointment is unclear, with chairman Steve Parish having met with Allardyce only earlier in the day for discussions which the former Eagles boss said were "incredibly civilised with no recriminations and no fall-out", albeit certainly unexpected.

Palace, though, will be able to move forwards from a position of strength after Allardyce guided the team to Premier League safety.

The Eagles finished the campaign in 14th place, some seven points clear of the drop zone having not so long ago looked destined to slip back into the Sky Bet Championship.

Italians Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri are said to be under consideration as well as former England boss Roy Hodgson, who revealed at this week's League Managers Association dinner that he was " not after a job" but would be open to offers should he " like the idea" were the right club to come along.

Ranieri has been out of work since being axed by Leicester just a few months after leading them to a shock Premier League title, but says he is " very stimulated to make another great season", having also been linked with the Watford vacancy.

Mancini, meanwhile, is another coach who would bring plenty of English top-flight experience to Selhurst Park, having guided Manchester City to the title five years ago before spells with Galatasaray and more recently at Inter Milan.

Marco Silva has made an impression during his time with Hull, who were relegated following a 4-0 defeat by the Eagles on May 14, a result which also secured their own Premier League status.

The Portuguese coach may well leave the Tigers and has been linked with a move back to his home country with Porto, while Watford are also said to be monitoring the situation.

Wales boss Chris Coleman, meanwhile, would be a popular choice with Palace fans having served the club as a defender in the early 1990s.

The former Fulham manager, though, is currently focused on kickstarting the Dragons' 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, with his team set to tackle Group D leaders Serbia next month.

Whatever transpires in the negotiations, Palace will want to have their man in place ahead of a proposed trip to Hong Kong in mid-July, where the Eagles are expected to join Liverpool, West Brom and Leicester in the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy.

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