IT'S pretty obvious by now that the bookies odds aren't exactly the most reliable indicator of who's going to be the next Palace manager. And, as if to illustrate this point, another twist this morning has seen a fourth name apparently enter the race for the Eagles role. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who has led his side to the top of the Championship, has been backed in from a 100/1 outsider to the 3/1 second favourite – above previous fancies Iain Dowie and Tony Pulis in the betting. Dan Petrescu remained the favourite as of Monday lunchtime though, having been 1/16 last night, his odds have come in to around 8/11 with most firms. Dowie is 61 third favourite with SkyBet, while if you believe the odds (admittedly, a hard thing to do bearing in mind the past three weeks) the chances of Pulis taking the job are diminishing, as the former Stoke manager is best price 16/1. If you fancy a long-shot, the likes of Chris Hughton (50/1) Alan Pardew (50/1) and Mick McCarthy (66/1) could net you a tidy profit. Since Ian Holloway's exit nearly a month ago, the likes of Aitor Karanka, Rene Meulensteen, and Chris Coleman have all been given the bookies favourite tag, only to drop out of the running. Former Real Madrid player Karanka took the Middlesborough job, Meulensteen accepted a role as Martin Jol's assistant at Fulham, and Coleman elected to extend his contract as Wales manager. Eagles co-owner Steve Parish said at the weekend that he hoped to appoint a new boss today but, as yet, there is no concrete sign of this happening.
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