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FAN VIEW: Supporters sent on yet another managerial rollercoaster

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Palace fan and online columnist for the Advertiser, Dan Gibbs, has given his reaction to Neil Warnock's departure from Selhurst Park…

As news broke of Neil Warnock being relieved of his duties this morning on Twitter I was left with mixed emotions; but there was one thought more prominent than others - here we go again.

It seems like a while ago now that we saw Tony Pulis depart days before the season started as the difficult whirlwind process of appointing a new manager begun.

And just four months on we find ourselves in the same situation as the Palace rollercoaster continues.

Warnock was never going to be my first choice as manager after Pulis' departure and to be honest he was never going to compete with the job that the former Stoke man did; but I did firmly believe he would keep us up.

It wasn't nice to see Palace fans turning on him on Saturday, chanting "You don't know what you're doing," when he replaced Yannick Bolasie for Martin Kelly.

Yes it was a tad strange, but at 3-0 down we weren't going to get anything out of it and we had to prepare for our next game in 48 hours' time, so I could see the logic behind it.

I think Warnock thoroughly enjoyed both his spells at Palace but it was the right decision to sack him.

My worry now is who is going to come in and once again keep us up. We all know who the best man for that job is, and even though I think most Palace fans would welcome Pulis back with open arms, Steve Parish's hands remain firmly in his pocket.

Tim Sherwood is perhaps the 'biggest' name in the running, another manager who has plenty of ideas but would it work with the team we currently have?

I feel he may bring in a few of the players he has worked with in the past and I'm not sure that if would be good or bad for our current side. I'm undecided.

Ex-Palace defender and current Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is another bookies' favourite to take the job.

Popovic has burst on to the scene in his first two years as manager at the A-League club, winning the 2014 AFC Coach of the Year Award in a season that saw his team win the Asian Champions League – the first Australian team to do so.

All very impressive, but if you look at the A-League this season, his side are currently bottom with only three points from nine games; without a single league win.

Something must be going wrong. And the step up from the Australian League to the Premier League is more than pretty significant.

Ex Palace players are always in the frame for a vacant managerial position at Selhurst Park - Sean Derry is another blast from the past that's name has suddenly crept up.

If I could have any realistic manager right now to come to SE25 who I think would do a good job, it would be Eddie Howe.

If Bournemouth were struggling this season then I think we'd have a decent chance of approaching him but with them currently top of the league and heading for the promised land, there's no way he would leave The Cherries.

So, a fairy-tale Pulis return or an extremely optimistic new beginning with Eddie Howe is my vision.

We'll probably end up with bringing back Trevor Francis or Ian Holloway. All aboard the Palace rollercoaster!

FAN VIEW: Supporters sent on yet another managerial rollercoaster


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