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No Iain Moody, No Leaks? Coincidence?

With the revelations surrounding Malky Mackay and Iain Moody’s time at Cardiff still fresh in the memory, it is somewhat telling that following our sporting director’s decision to step down from his role last week, the amount of news making its way into newspapers and onto social media, regarding who we may or may not be speaking to has all but disappeared.

Whilst the initial reaction to Moody’s transgressions focused entirely on his text and email exchanges with Mackay, it has now become evident that he may well have been responsible for a large amount of the information being leaked from within the club over the last few weeks and months.

Not just in terms of our recent managerial search, but also our transfer targets, disagreements with Pulis and discussions over player bonuses, the period in which he was employed in SE25 was packed full of tales of what was taking place inside the boardroom.

Of course, there is little in the way of proof to back up claims that Moody had been feeding the press information, but it does seem strange that we as supporters are now completely uncertain of who the club are talking to over the vacant manager’s post, after being so clued up in the initial days of the search.

Indeed, even Tim Sherwood admitted that Moody was present during his interview over the role, before making reference to the pace with which news of the discussions made its way into the public domain. In truth, Moody’s presence seems to have been a key factor in the press’ hour by hour updates in the immediate aftermath of Tony Pulis’ departure.

From a fans perspective, it’s incredibly frustrating to be kept in the dark over our plans for the managerial appointment, but in reality it’s far better for the club to be able to keep their business quiet, in comparison to the media free for all in weeks gone by.

Hopefully, we’ll have a concrete answer over the new boss soon enough, without the press getting wind of our deliberations beforehand; just as it should be.

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Sherwood In Pole Position Again As Mackay Deal Collapses

Keith Millen is set to face the press this afternoon, with the club seemingly considering the option of appointing Tim Sherwood once more, after talks to bring Malky Mackay to Selhurst Park fell apart in spectacular circumstances.

The Scot had looked set to be announced as the new Crystal Palace manager yesterday afternoon, but following news of gruesome text messages exchanges between Iain Moody and the former Cardiff boss, not to mention question marks over illegal transfer dealings during the pair’s time in Wales, Palace quite rightly withdrew their offer.

Now it seems that former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is once again in pole position for the post, with just 11 days between now and the closure of the transfer window meaning that the club will need to work fast if they are to thrash out the terms of an agreement with the 45-year-old.

With stories of an overall transfer budget of £25 million having been supposedly made available to Mackay prior to a contract being signed, Sherwood is likely to ask for the same degree of backing in the transfer market, as the club try desperately to put in place measures to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Having managed to convince Tony Pulis to take up the reins last November, things have seemingly become more turbulent than ever behind the scenes at the football club in recent weeks, although after initial concern from supporters that it was a case of Steve Parish and his fellow directors dithering over their work, it has become clear that recent events have been anything but as straightforward as they have seemed at first glance.

It would be easy to forget that amongst the drama taking place off the field, the team, and Keith Millen are currently preparing for the visit of Sam Allardyce’s West Ham to Selhurst Park this weekend; a game which it now seems certain Millen will take charge of.

Whether or not we will be any closer to appointing Pulis’ successor by kick-off remains to be seen, but it the last few days have taught us anything, we as mere onlookers should expect the unexpected.

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