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Sherwood: I would have taken Palace job

ESPN staff
August 23, 2014
Tim Sherwood met with Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish last weekend © Getty Images

Tim Sherwood says he would have taken the Crystal Palace job had he been offered it after his interview last week - but felt he was always behind Malky Mackay in the running for the position.

The former Tottenham head coach was closely linked with the vacant managerial position at Selhurst Park as the club seek to replace Tony Pulis, who walked out on the eve of the new season, and met with Palace co-chairman Steve Parish at the weekend.

Writing in his column in The Independent, Sherwood said: "I have to say, I took some persuading in the first place to go to see Steve last Sunday. My feeling at the time was that the race was already run and that the job was going to Malky Mackay. But in the end I thought it would be a worthwhile experience.

"After seeing Steve, I asked people who knew Palace well about the club. Their immediate response was that they could not put me off the job. The feeling was that Palace was a good club and that the best thing about it was the current group of players, as well as the fans.

"If I had been offered the job early in the process, soon after my interview, I would have taken it. Naturally, I am confident in my ability to do it.''

However, Sherwood, who left Spurs in May after six months in charge, admitted the longer the process went on and the more names became linked to the job, he decided it was not for him.

"I know a lot of managers were interested," Sherwood added. "But at some point, as a manager, you want to know the interviews have stopped and you're the club's first choice. That was why, on Thursday night, my agent sent a message to Steve to say that I was no longer interested in being in contention for the job.''

As well as Sherwood, the likes of Martin Jol, Neil Lennon and Glenn Hoddle have been linked with the Selhurst Park post.

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