Six contenders to take over from Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace are seeking a new manager after Tony Pulis surprisingly left the club two days before the new season gets under way.
Out of football since leaving Cardiff last season, Mackay is highly rated by many in the game and has close ties to Palace sporting director Iain Moody. It was Moody's dismissal as Cardiff's head of recruitment by owner Vincent Tan that appeared to spark the turbulence which led to Mackay being sacked in December, before the Welsh club were relegated in May.
Former Celtic manager Lennon is keen to land a top job in England. After winning three successive Scottish league titles, the Selhurst Park job would be an entirely different kind of challenge for the Northern Irishman.
Could the former Everton and Manchester United boss be tempted by a swift Premier League return? The Scot may bide his time in anticipation of a bigger club coming in, so it looks a long shot.
The former Bristol City manager has been serving as number two to Pulis. Has no Premier League management experience so it would be a gamble were Palace to plump for the 47-year-old.
Cut his teeth as a manager at Tottenham last season, and was certainly not afraid of speaking his mind, which rubbed some up the wrong way. He is keen to get back into work and at the top level.
Appointed to QPR's coaching staff this week, R's boss Harry Redknapp has signalled it could be a stepping stone to a big job in management for the former England and Chelsea boss. Hoddle last managed in the top flight at Tottenham, who sacked him in 2003.