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Palace keen for Coppell to return as manager

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says he will contact Steve Coppell about their managerial vacancy after the departure of Dougie Freedman to Championship rivals Bolton. Coppell, who is currently director of football at Crawley Town, has had four separate spells managing the Eagles.

Parish told BBC London 94.9: "He's always someone we would consider. But the situation has to be right for Steve and he would have to want to do it.

"I'm sure we'll be taking his counsel at the very least."

Parish said that even if Coppell is not interested in the manager job, he will ask who he thinks is best suited.

"We've got to be respectful because he works for Crawley," Parish added.

"He has always been a great friend to the club from when I took over with Steve Browett, Jeremy Hosking and Martin Long. He has been very helpful and always has been available on the phone.

"I value his advice greatly. He's a very wise guy and has achieved everything in the game. He's got Palace at heart so I know he gives us good advice based on the right things.

"I'll definitely be speaking to him but whether it's as manager, I don't know."

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