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'Moody's exit may damage Palace'


Malky Mackay

Malky Mackay

Malky Mackay

IAIN MOODY'S resignation could further damage Crystal Palace's bid for Premier League stability, according to the club's caretaker manager Keith Millen.

Moody resigned as Palace's sporting director on Thursday, amid allegations of sexism and homophobia against him and Malky Mackay during their time at Cardiff.

The English Football Association has confirmed an investigation into the dossier of allegations submitted to the governing body by Cardiff bosses.

Mackay was all set to be appointed Tony Pulis' successor at Palace, until news of the FA investigation broke. Millen admitted Moody's departure could unsettle Palace still further, as the club seeks a replacement for Pulis, who walked out on the eve of the season after rowing with the board over transfers.

"Iain was brought in to do a job to recruit and scout players, and Iain was experienced at that job," said Millen, admitting Moody's departure leaves a chasm at Selhurst Park.

"The chairman will now have to look at that situation, to see whether he wants to bring someone in."

Palace's managerial search is back to square one after the FA investigation ruled Mackay out of the running, with Chris Hughton now among the new contenders.

Millen admitted Mackay's managerial style would have suited the Selhurst Park club perfectly.

"Malky has got a good track record: I think he's used to working with players that want to work hard for him," said Millen, who will take charge of tomorrow's home Premier League clash with West Ham.