Crystal Palace have been knocked back more times than a geek at a freshers' party. Lewis Jones evaluates their next manager market...
The Next Crystal Palace Manager betting market is approaching £200,000-worth of matched bets yet still the club are no closer to announcing a full-time replacement for Ian Holloway... Lay everything that moves. That’s the message."
The backers don't have a clue. The layers don't have a clue. Even Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish doesn't have a clue. That pretty much sums up the current betting on Crystal Palace's search for a new manager.
The Next Crystal Palace Manager betting market is approaching £200,000-worth of matched bets yet still the club are no closer to announcing a full-time replacement for Ian Holloway.
These manager markets are usually a haven for punters that like to lay favourites but this market has taken the biscuit in that department. There have been more lays landed than at Russell Brand's birthday party. And this lay everything that moves theory looks set to bring further reward the longer the Palace suits continue to stall.
Tony Pulis - now at 15.014/1 - was the first to trade at odds-on but Palace decided against breaking the bank to accommodate his old-school yet effective style of football.
Then Chris Coleman - now at 6.611/2 - rocked up at Selhurst Park for a job interview which sent the hacks and rumour mill into overdrive. Again, he hit odds-on before fluffing his lines in front of the Palace board and deciding that staying as Wales boss suited him better.
Throw in false market moves for Rene Meulensteen, who today linked up with Martin Jol at Fulham as first-team coach and now full-time Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka, and you're left with quite a pickle down at Palace.
Managerial options are very thin on the ground and any hope of Palace avoiding the drop, for which they are 1.111/9 favourites, is diminishing with every match without a permanent boss in the dugout.
The latest fluctuation at the head of the betting has seen former Chelsea maestro and current Dinamo Moscow coach Dan Petrescu shoot to 4.47/2 favourite, although he has traded shorter and is drifting with each passing hour of no developments from Palace's end.
Petrescu's link with the job originates from his good relationship with new Palace director of football Iain Moody, who was appointed last week.
The former Cardiff head of recruitment is a fan of the Romanian and is apparently behind the move to approach him, but market forces suggest that this latest theory, once again, is misplaced.
Lay everything that moves. That's the message.