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TIMELINE: How the month-long search for a Crystal Palace manager unfolded

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AFTER four weeks of twists and turns, fluctuating bookies odds and endless speculation, Crystal Palace are now Crystal Pulis. But, in the lead up to Tony Pulis' appointment, plenty of names were linked with succeeding Ian Holoway in the Selhurst Park dugout. Here's our timeline, looking back at the events of the past month.
October 23:Ian Holloway departs the club. Tony Pulis becomes instant favourite to take over.October 26: Keith Millen takes charge as caretaker boss against Arsenal. Palace lose 2-0.October 27: A source close to Pulis tells the Advertiser it might not be the right time for him to return to management.October 28: Former Charlton boss Alan Curbishley refuses to rule himself out of the vacancy.October 29: Palace fans want Roberto Di Matteo, according to the results of our online poll.October 30: Former Birmingham City and Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish reveals his interest in the job.November 1: Eagles legend Geoff Thomas throws his weight behind Chris Coleman.November 2: Keith Millen continues as caretaker against West Bromwich Albion. Palace lose 2-0.November 5: Former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka linked to the job and is said to have held talks with Steve Parish.November 7: Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew's odds tumble dramatically for the job.November 9: Iain Moody becomes Palace's sporting director following Cardiff City departure. Keith Millen guides Palace to well-deserved point in a 0-0 draw against Everton.November 11: Burnley boss Sean Dyche backed heavily and becomes second favourite.November 12: Aitor Karanka becomes new Middlesbrough boss while another man linked, Rene Meulensteen, joins Fulham as head coach.November 14: Chris Coleman signs new contract to stay on as Wales boss, while former boss Iain Dowie becomes a shock contender for the vacancy.November 15: Dinamo Moscow boss and former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu reportedly in advanced talks to take over in SE25.November 18: Petrescu is rumoured to have turned down Palace's offer.November 19: Tony Pulis tells the media his phone has been "busy" and that he could end up managing any available club in the UK.November 20: Pulis said to be in talks with Palace, though Neil Warnock becomes a surprise late conteder for the job.November 23: Tony Pulis appointed Palace boss, on a two and a half year deal.

TIMELINE: How the month-long search for a Crystal Palace manager unfolded


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