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Neil Warnock's experience is vital, says former Crystal Palace star

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FORMER Crystal Palace winger John Salako believes Neil Warnock will look to bring in players he knows ahead of Monday's transfer deadline. The 65-year-old and co-chairman Steve Parish were looking to wrap up one or two deals at the time the Advertiser went to press, with the likes of Jack Cork and Wilfried Zaha heavily linked. "I think it will be a bit of a shock to Neil as he enjoyed doing his media work and seeing the family, but he's probably kept an eye on the market and kept in touch with people," said Salako. "Now he's got to go straight into it. He has a few days to wheel and deal. "If Neil can bring in one or two before Monday's transfer deadline I am sure he will. "Steve Parish, I'm sure, will be there backing him. Tony Pulis wanted certain players that he didn't get and I know the club doesn't want to break a wage structure and go too mad. "Neil will hope to bring in faces he's familiar with." Salako believes Warnock's experience will be vital for Palace as they look to stay in the Premier League and that his contacts in the game could prove important. "Neil is a strong character," added the former Eagle. "There was Ian Holloway then Tony Pulis, they're all very experienced managers and very long time. "They know the game, know the players and clubs inside out, and they're very passionate individuals. "Before that they had a young manager in Dougie Freedman. I think they have continued a theme and I think Neil coming back is a natural choice for me. "Right now, if Neil can see this through and keep Palace in the Premier League then the club will be in a strong position."

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