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VIDEO: Palace manager “won’t be watching Match of the Day” after loss

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Crystal Palace is off to a rough start to its season that has extended far off the field, with manager Tony Pulis quitting due to issues with ownership and sporting director Iain Moody resigning after horrible texts were leaked.

But their impressive fan base remained at full-throat despite the 3-1 loss to West Ham United, and caretaker manager Keith Millen says the team is not making excuses.

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“I won’t be watching Match of the Day tonight. I’ll recover hopefully and watch it on Sunday.

“It doesn’t get any easier. What’s gone on this week has been tough for the lads. We never got going at all.

“I’ll be speaking to the chairman tomorrow to see what the developments are.”

Filling in for Pulis would’ve been difficult enough without the shock of the Malky Mackay/Moody scandal. The London club has already dropped all six points and needs to right its ship to avoid another improbable reclamation project.

Watch Live: Hull vs. Crystal Palace (Lineups and Discuss)

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Tony Pulis won’t be in the dugout today, but Crystal Palace will still be hoping to turn over a new leaf against Hull City at the KC Stadium (10 am ET, watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

The goalless draw against Everton last week represented something of a breakthrough for Palace. Sure, they still haven’t scored a goal in over 350 minutes, but at least they managed to grind out a point. The visitors will potentially be bolstered by the return of young Jonny Williams, although the midfielder will start this one on the bench. Caretaker manager Keith Millen has elected to pair Dwight Gayle with Marouane Chamakh in hopes of finally finding that elusive goal.

Hull, who could theoretically go 10th with a win today, are looking to keep their strong defensive record at home. They’ve conceded just once in five games at the KC Stadium, and have yet to lose. The Tigers’ impressive defense will be bolstered by the return of goalkeeper Allan McGregor, while perhaps their stingy scoring record will be improved now that winger Robbie Brady is back from from injury.

Lineups

Hull City Starting XI: McGregor, Figueroa, Elmohamady, Davies, McShane, Huddlestone, Livermore, Boyd, Brady, Koren, Sagbo

Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Faye, Bruce, Meyler, Graham, Gedo

Crystal Palace Starting XI: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Bolasie, Gayle, Chamakh

Subs: Alexander, Mariappa, Phillips, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Williams, Jerome

Pulis confirmed as Crystal Palace manager

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It’s official: Crystal Palace have confirmed Tony Pulis as their new manager.

They may be sitting dead last in the table, but Palace now have a reason to feel optimistic: it sure seems like Pulis, with his pragmatic approach to football, will be able to keep the side from slipping back into the Championship. Pulis spent seven seasons with Stoke City and, while his managerial style may have caused the Potters to become the butt of a great many jokes, he kept his club in safety. Under Pulis, Stoke made it to the FA Cup final in 2011, securing themselves a spot in the following season’s Europa League. Not bad credentials for Palace’s new man.

The Premier League’s bottom side have been under the care of temporary manager Keith Millen since October 23, when Ian Holloway left the club by mutual consent. The caretaker manager will remain in the dugout for Saturday’s match against Hull City, while new boss Pulis will watch from the stands at the KC Stadium. He’ll take charge for Palace’s match against Norwich on Saturday, November 30.

Watch Live: Crystal Palace vs. Everton (Lineups and discuss)

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After seven consecutive Premier League defeats, Crystal Palace are hoping to find a little luck when Everton pay a visit to Selhurst Park today (10 am ET, watch live online via NBC Sports Live Extra).

It seems Ian Holloway may not have been the problem. Since the former Palace boss left on October 23, the side lost 2-0 to Arsenal and then 2-0 to West Brom last week. Acting manager Keith Millen can do little to stop his side’s freefall. As it stands Palace are dead last, with just three points on the season, and only six goals scored. Marouane Chamakh, despite having just one goal on the season, retains his starting spot, but midfielder Adlene Guedioura is out after breaking two ribs and puncturing a lung last weekend.

As if Palace’s scoring wasn’t woeful enough, they’re now forced to face a backline that hasn’t conceded a goal in four hours. Palace could try to make it out with a goalless draw, except Everton come bearing Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian suffered a blow last week in a collision with Hugo Lloris, but will start today, hoping to add to his five goals on the season.

Lineups

Crystal Palace starting XI: Speroni, Ward, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey, Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bannan, Thomas, Bolasie, Chamakh

Subs: Price, Mariappa, O’Keefe, Puncheon, Kebe, Gayle, Jerome

Everton starting XI: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar, Lukaku

Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Stones, Barkley, Deulofeu, Naismith, Jelavic.

Mourinho’s former assistant could take over at Crystal Palace

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Aitor Karanka, a former Real Madrid defender and assistant to José Mourinho during his time with the Spanish giants, may be in line to replace Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace. Palace have been without a permanent manager since October 23, when Holloway stepped down. Since that time, the club has been linked with Wales manager Chris Coleman, former Stoke City boss Tony Pulis, and Martin O’Neill, who accepted the Republic of Ireland gig this week.

Appointing Karanka would be a bit outside the box. The 40 year old may have been Mourinho’s number two at the Bernabéu, but he has no experience taking on the No. 1 role, nor has he worked in England. But Karanka did well in his interview this week, impressing Palace co-chairman Steve Parish. It doesn’t hurt, either, that Mourinho himself speaks highly of his former assistant, saying “”I think the club that gets him, whether in England or another country, will be a lucky club.”

After losing to West Brom last weekend, Crystal Palace have now lost seven in a row. The side, temporarily managed by Keith Millen, are bottom of the Premier League, and have the thankless task of facing Everton on Saturday. If Karanka is brought on board, he could be in place after the international break, in time for the clash against Hull City.