Malky Mackay is eager to succeed Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace, with reports from the London Evening Standard suggesting that he will call on the help of Sir Alex Ferguson to get the job.

The Eagles parted company with their manager yesterday in a move that shocked the footballing world, with the former Stoke chief having parachuted in early last season to save the Londoners from what looked certain to be an immediate drop back into the Championship following a poor start under Ian Holloway.

It is rumoured that Pulis’ relationship with co-chairman Steve Parish was a turbulent one, with events behind the scenes in recent times having pushed it to breaking point.

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Ex-Cardiff gaffer Mackay – who has been out of work since being sacked by controversial Bluebirds owner Vincent Tan late last year – is thought to be near the top of Palace’s list of replacements, and the Scot is eager to take up the position.

And now reports suggest that he will all on influential figures such as Fergie and former Watford chairman Graham Taylor to help him get the role.

An unnamed source said: “Malky wants this job and he will use his incredible contacts in the game to help him get it.”

Another name in the mix is Tim Sherwood, while current assistant Keith Millen is also in the running.

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