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Sam Allardyce the early favourite to replace Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace are searching for a new manager after sacking Alan Pardew on Thursday.

Pardew was asked to step down after just one win in 11 Premier League matches.

Here, Press Association Sports looks at some of the contenders to replace the 55-year-old.


Allardyce is the early favourite with the bookmakers and is keen to get back into the game after his brief stint as manager of England ended in disgrace in October. He has the credentials and track record to be able to lead Palace away from danger, having performed similar fire-fighting missions at a number of clubs and has never suffered relegation in his career.


Hodgson, who was Allardyce's predecessor in the England job, has been out of work since his Three Lions exit in June but has recently spoken about his desire to return to the game if the right opportunity came along. He has not managed in club football since 2012 but has experience in the Premier League at Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom.


The former Germany international is out of work after leaving his role as United States manager last month. His work in charge of the USA will not have gone unnoticed by Palace's new American owners and Klinsmann has a good reputation of coaching and man-management. His experience of the Premier League is restricted to two playing spells with Tottenham in the 1990s.


A former Palace captain, Coleman represented the Eagles with distinction in a four-year period between 1991-95. His stock as a manager has never been higher after his exploits with Wales in Euro 2016, but a difficult start to the World Cup qualifying campaign might have him interested in a return to club management.


Rowett's reputation may well have been enhanced by the manner of his sacking at Birmingham last week, where he was fired after a win over Ipswich which left the Blues level on points with the sixth-placed side in the Championship. He was credited with stabilising the Second City club in difficult circumstances and has already said he is keen to get a new job.


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