Allardyce and Rowett among early favourites as Crystal Palace sack Pardew

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Sam Allardyce is the front-runner to succeed Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, after the Selhurst Park outfit sacked their manager just three days before Christmas.

The former Bolton boss is 1/3 to take charge of south Londoners, with ex-Birmingham manager Gary Rowett another early conteder at 3/1.

Palace currently sit just a place and a point above the relegation zone.

That’s a far cry from a year ago, when Pardew’s side sat sixth and harboured ambitions of European football.

But despite spending big money on Christian Benteke, the Eagles have won just four games this term, and own the third-worst defence in the division.

Shoring up sides is something of an Allardyce forte, while fellow former England boss, Roy Hodgson has been installed as a 10/1 shot for the gig.

Wales boss Chris Coleman is 3/1 to make a return to Palace, while Ryan Giggs is 16/1 to finally be handed his first managerial post.

Roberto di Matteo and Nigel Pearson are at 20/1, ahead of former Selhurst hero Dougie Freemdan at 25/1.

Ex-USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann is also a 16/1 chance, alongside former West Ham and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Outsiders include Glenn Hoddle, Frank Lampard and Roy Keane, who can all be backed at 33s.

Palace have announced they wish to appoint Pardew’s successor as soon as possible, but they face a tight timeframe before they head to Watford for the Boxing Day lunch-time kick-off.

Struggling to find form, and now without a manager, it’s little surprises to see the bookies place Palace as 2/1 outsiders for victory at Vicarage Road.

Ladbrokes latest betting

Next permanent Crystal Palace manager

1/3 – Sam Allardyce
3/1 – Chris Coleman
3/1 – Gary Rowett
10/1 – Roy Hodgson
16/1 – Jurgen Klinsmann
16/1 – Ryan Giggs
16/1 – Harry Redknapp
20/1 – Chris Hughton
20/1 – Steven Gerrard
20/1 – Roberto di Matteo
20/1 – Nigel Pearson
20/1 – Gary Neville
25/1 – Dougie Freedman
25/1 – Sean Dyche
25/1 – Eddie Howe
25/1 – Roberto Mancini
33/1 – Glenn Hoddle
33/1 – Tony Popovic
33/1 – Frank Lampard
33/1 – Francesco Guidolin
33/1 – Roy Keane
33/1 – Louis van Gaal
33/1 – Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
50/1 – Alan Curbishley

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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