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Warnock’s second Palace coming priced up to end with award

| 27.08.2014

Having been left managerless by Tony Pulis’ resignation on the eve of the season, Crystal Palace have gone back to what they know in appointing his replacement, by rehiring Neil Warnock for a second spell in charge.

Warnock hasn’t had the whiff of a dugout fill his nostrils since parting ways with Leeds last April and turned down the chance to manage Nottingham Forest this March.

However, having reportedly been offered money to spend in the final weeks of the transfer window, the former Sheffield United boss has taken the decision to dip his toe back into the Selhurst Park water.

Having lost both opening matches prior to Warnock’s arrival, the man who left the club when they went into administration in 2010 joins with a similar (albeit easier) situation to manage that his predecessor faced.

Sat in the relegation zone when appointed, Pulis engineered a miraculous recovery that saw the Eagles finish an unlikely 11th at the end of last season, a feat that forced the cap-wearing boss into a suit to collect the Premier League Manager of the Year award.

Currently 18th after their two games, Palace will hope Warnock can emulate a similar miracle this term and Ladbrokes have priced up the possibility of the 65-year-old following in Pulis’ footsteps come award season too.

It’s a 50/1 chance that the spiky manager lifts the LMA’s Premier League award at the end of the season, a price announced on Ladbrokes’ Breaking Bets page.

It’s likely a significant improvement on the record he accrued in his first stint in charge will be required to receive the award, as he won 47 of his 129 games in charge of the Eagles between 2007 and 2010.

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