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Premier League: Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen puts his name in hat, but former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is the emerging favourite

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Caretaker manager Keith Millen says he feels ready to takeover the top spot at Crystal Palace should chairman Steve Parish consider him as a replacement for Tony Pulis.

Pulis made a shock departure last week, less than 48 hours before Palace were set to take on FA Cup winners Arsenal on Saturday.

He managed to take Palace from the bottom of the Premier League last season to a comfortable 11th place finish, but grew frustrated with the club's transfer activity over the summer.

He agreed to leave after a crisis meeting with Parish after both parties accepted they could no longer work together.

Millen was placed in temporary charge for the London club's 2-1 defeat at the Emirates on Saturday evening, a role he took up when Pulis's predecessor Ian Holloway left last year.

Back then he ruled himself out of the running to replace Holloway, but admitted after the match on Saturday that he would be up for the job, should Parish consider him.

The circumstances are different now," Millen said, "I felt then that the situation wasn't right for me."

"I know I can manage. I want to speak to the chairman and see which direction he wants to go in. If he has got belief in me, I will speak to him."

His main competition is thought to be former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, who was sacked at the end of last season by the club, as well as former Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

Mackay has in his favour the fact that he worked closely with Palace's director of football Ian Moody, before both were dismissed by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.



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