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THE ADVERTISER SAYS: Neil Warnock might not be the sexiest choice for Crystal Palace, but neither was Tony Pulis...

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IT IS never dull following the fortunes of Crystal Palace Football Club.

Administration, near-relegation, promotion, relegation, more administration, another promotion – it is the proverbial rollercoaster of emotions.

Not to mention the merry-go-round of managers warming the Selhurst Park dugout in recent times. This week a former fans' favourite, Neil Warnock, climbed back aboard the carousel for his second stint in charge.

The reaction to this wily old campaigner's appointment hasn't been wholly positive – scepticsm and, in some cases, confusion would seem to be the overriding emotions from most Eagles fans.

There are two reasons for this; firstly, when Warnock left Palace four years ago the club was in a pretty perilous state – in danger of going out of the Championship and, more to the point, going out of business.

Also, some would suggest Warnock isn't the sexiest appointment Steve Parish could have made. A muck-and-bullets boss from the old school, but not a manager to get you on the edge of your seat.

But we've been here before. Ten months ago Palace appointed a traditional, not so exotic, manager to little acclaim, and that didn't turn out so badly, did it?

If Neil Warnock does half as well as Tony Pulis – and plays decent football with a rampaging Wilfried Zaha on the flanks – the fans will be more than happy.

Plus, he's a decent man who clearly still has a great affinity with this club.

We wish him well.

THE ADVERTISER SAYS: Neil Warnock might not be the sexiest choice for Crystal Palace, but neither was Tony Pulis...


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