Palace turn to Meulensteen
The next Crystal Palace manager market seems to have more favourites than Vanessa Feltz looking at a dessert trolley but the latest man to take up that mantle is former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen.
The Dutchman is now a best price of 6/4 with William Hill to take the Selhurst Park job, but seen as Tony Pulis, Chris Coleman and Aitor Karanka have all been odds-on for the position in recent weeks it is hard to say whether this means a lot or is mere speculation.
Meulensteen has turned down the job of technical director with the Qatar FA and talks are expected with the powers that be at Palace but these came to nothing with the three aforementioned candidates and the same could happen with Rene.
With Pulis apparently pricing himself out of the job, Coleman choosing to stick with Wales and Karanka looking set to pick Championship side Middlesbrough over Palace, there certainly seems to be something wrong with the sales pitch in South London; a man as respected in the game as Meulensteen may be tempted to look elsewhere for his first management role in English football.
Dan Petrescu has emerged as a surprise name in contention for the job and is second favourite at a best price of 11/4 with Sky Bet. However, the Romanian is currently in charge of Dynamo Moscow where he is rewarded handsomely for his services so if Palace struggled to come up with the cash to lure Pulis they look unlikely to land the former Chelsea man.
The wait goes on…