Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish used the medium of Match of the Day to post an update on the Eagles’ manager hunt, stating that Premier League experience is the attribute he desires above all others from his ideal candidate.
He did caveat this by stressing that the ‘experience’ did not have to be exclusively comprised of minutes in the dug out, so long as they had played plenty of football in the English top flight, but either way, this revelation seemingly rules second-favourite Malky Mackay out of the equation.
A surge of support for the Scot has seen the former Cardiff boss shrink from 7/2 to evens in the betting, although Tim Sherwood remains favourite to land the post at 3/5.
Mackay has totalled just four months at the helm of a top-tier ship before being sacked by the Bluebirds.
The former defender’s playing time in the same division is even more inconspicuous, turning out just 14 times for Watford.
He may be a good pal of Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody but, in terms of top-flight credentials, he’s certainly lacking.
If that’s all the Croydon club are after then they surely can’t be considering him.
Sherwood has extensive playing time at the highest level in the English game, but hasn’t kicked a ball since 2003/04.
As far as modern-day Premier League practitioners go, he’s a far cry from Mr Current Affairs.
He barely outdoes Mackay when it comes to operating the tactics board in the nation’s top league either, besting his four months by one.
The pair could viably be ruled out by Parish’s parameters on his latest recruitment drive, but Steve Clarke remains in contention.
At 12/1, he’s worth a punt with 330 top-tier games under his belt at Chelsea, before assisting at Stamford Bridge, as well as at Newcastle, West Ham and Liverpool.
He then manned the rudder for 59 matches at West Brom, racking up a 32.2 win percentage before being sacked in the autumn of 2013.
Over a year in the Baggies post has seen Clarke take charge of more top-flight matches than both of his shorter-priced adversaries combined and rates at excellent value as an outsider.