Nobody involved with the club would have wanted a start to the season as chaotic and uncertain as this, nor would many have predicted it. But this is the situation in which Steve Parish and Crystal Palace now find themselves. Whether Malky Mackay is the man to take them to the next level remains to be seen...
After a rollercoaster six months, Ellis Short has - rightly or wrongly - decided the Italian was too close to veering off the tracks, and what's needed is a new man to steer things in a far more upwardly direction. While there's still debate to be had over Short's decision, the question now moves from 'what?' or 'why?' to 'who?' Here's a look at some of the realistic - and not so realistic - candidates
There's no doubt that the influx of players from the continent and beyond, some of whom have been mediocre at best, has had an impact on the development of British players. However, it's pleasing to see that when it comes to Premiership managers, there's a healthy proportion of British managers plying their trade and competing with the suave sophistication we associate with the likes of AVB, Laudrup, Di Matteo and their continental peers.
So diving is a cancer in football. The other thing that's cancerous is stupid sensationalist responses to diving. There are two counts of this: firstly there's the lacking perspective angle of the likes of Tony Pulis who thinks that a yellow card offence is worthy of a 3 match ban, then there's the 'blame the foreigners' angle of any old school "hoof it oop t' bloody pitch" punter.