Crystal Palace make key decision ahead of January transfer window

Crystal Palace have moved to make Neil Warnock the first managerial casualty of the Premier League season, with yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Southampton proving to be the former Queens Park Rangers gaffer’s final act as Palace manager.

Warnock was a surprise appointment after Tony Pulis rocked the Eagles when he stepped down 48 hours before the 2014/15 Premier League campaign got underway.

The 66-year-old, in what was his second stint with Crystal Palace, leaves the London-based club having won just three of 16 Premier League games this season.

Crystal Palace released the usual cliche statement: “The club would like to put on record its thanks to Neil for all his hard work and energy over the past four months.”

Former Tottenham Hotspur gaffer Tim Sherwood is the early front-runner for the vacancy. However, former Palace defender Tony Popovic, currently manager of A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers, has been strongly linked.