When Tony Pulis walked out of Selhurst Park two days before the start of the new campaign, you could forgive Crystal Palace fans for feeling pretty heartbroken! Tony Pulis was a man who saved their season last year and turned them from relegation certainties to mid-table challengers in a matter of months. Now though, it seems Malky Mackay is the new man ready to take the helm.
The former Scotland international is said to be keen on taking the job and could be appointed very soon with Steve Parish, club co-owner, hoping to make an announcement in the near future. Following the departure of Pulis, caretaker manager Keith Millen took charge against Arsenal on the opening day. Despite the valiant display, the Eagles were beaten by a late Aaron Ramsey strike which finished hopes of an impressive draw.
Malky Mackay has been heavily linked to Palace because of his ties with Iain Moody, Sporting Director at the club. Moody was at Cardiff City with Mackay before his sacking by owner Vincent Tan for overspending in the 2013 summer transfer window. Mackay was soon to follow, being dismissed in December 2013, and with the two of them being known as good friends and colleagues it is not unsurprising Mackay has been linked to the vacant role.
Malky Mackay started his managerial career at Watford, taking the reigns from Brendan Rodgers in 2009 before moving to South Wales with Cardiff City in June 2011. In 2012/13 Cardiff City won a long awaited promotion from the Championship by topping the league but after a mediocre start to their first Premier League season, Tan decided the Scot’s time was up.
Mackay left Cardiff City Stadium with a win percentage of 43% after being victorious in 54 of his 125 games as boss. His direct, defensive, ‘backs-against-the-wall’ style is something that Pulis had perfected so could suit Malky should he be given the Crystal Palace role.