Repeat Crystal Palace miracle looking a long way off after loss

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Crystal Palace don’t seem to enjoy serenity at the start of the Premier League season. Their debut campaign started with a lengthy losing streak, brought on by a shopping spree of Kardashian proportions, and the eventual departure of Ian Holloway.

The appointment of Tony Pulis, however long winded, played a huge part in the astonishing survival bid they lodged in the latter stages of the season, however the former Stoke boss walked away from the club days before the start of the current campaign.

Now, the Eagles find themselves unwittingly embroiled in the Malky Mackay saga, and can’t find a new man to take the reins again.

Their bad week was compounded by a frustrating performance at home to West Ham, and an all too familiar sight will greet fans brave enough to look at the table.

Pointless after two games, there’s a familiar feel to the campaign for the Selhurst Park club, only with the obvious lack of quality manager waiting to get back into football and save them.

After the 3-1 Hammers loss, Keith Millen’s men sit at 13/8 in the relegation betting with Ladbrokes, a price that makes them third-favourites for the drop this season.

Unless a new manager can be found quickly, former Celtic boss Neil Lennon is the 7/4 favourite to get the gig, then it’s difficult to imagine another dramatic escape route being plotted by the London club.

Strengthening the squad before the end of the transfer window is a must for Palace, but without a manager (or Sporting Director for that matter) to pinpoint new recruits, Steve Parish’s plight as co-chairman grows increasingly sorry.

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