Warnock stays as Palace de­ducted 10 points and plunge into rel­e­ga­tion zone

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NEIL WARNOCK will re­main at Crys­tal Palace for the time be­ing, at least to “pro­vide di­rec­tion”, while the club’s ad­min­is­tra­tor seeks a buyer.

Palace have been de­ducted 10 points by the Foot­ball League af­ter go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion this week, plung­ing them to one place and three points off the Cham­pi­onship’s rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Warnock met Bren­dan Guil­foyle, of P&A Part­ner­ship, this week and told him: “I will do any­thing I can to help, as long as you don’t lie to me and don’t sell play­ers at stupidly low prices.”

The player most likely to be sold is Vic­tor Moses, with the ad­min­is­tra­tor likely to agree a fee well be­low the £5m val­u­a­tion Palace had placed on the teenage winger. The man­ager ac­cepts play­ers have to be sold, but pointed out Palace al­ready have one of the divi­sion’s small­est squads.

At New­cas­tle on Wed­nes­day they could name only three sub­sti­tutes. Clubs in ad­min­is­tra­tion au­to­mat­i­cally in­cur a trans­fer em­bargo, but Palace were al­ready sub­ject to one, though the League may give them dis­pen­sa­tion to bring in free trans­fers or loa­nees if the squad drops be­low 20.

“I can’t see the League let­ting us play with eight play­ers,” said Warnock.

The League con­firmed that was the case with any ap­pli­ca­tion as­sessed “on a case by case ba­sis”.

“We don’t want a sit­u­a­tion which is detri­men­tal to the in­tegrity of the com­pe­ti­tion,” said a spokesman, re­fer­ring to the need to en­sure op­po­nents faced a com­pet­i­tive Palace team.

Warnock is keen to re­main at Palace, but is known to be in­ter­est­ing clubs with cur­rent and im­pend­ing man­age­rial va­can­cies.

His con­tract runs for an­other 18 months, but when a club is in ad­min­is­tra­tion con­tracts are far eas­ier, and cheaper for ei­ther party, to ter­mi­nate.

One bonus for Palace is that their pu­ta­tive FA Cup fifth round tie with As­ton Villa on Fe­bru­ary 14 will be tele­vised live, bring­ing the club £247 500 in fees.

Tues­day’s fourth-round re­play at home to Wolves will also be broad­cast, earn­ing £72 000, which will be topped up by £90 000 if Palace win. – The In­de­pen­dent

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