Thomas interested in Palace post

Crystal Palace fans' favourite Geoff Thomas has thrown his hat into the ring as the Eagles' hunt for a manager continues.

Last Updated: 19/11/13 at 16:47 Post Comment

Geoff Thomas: Wants to get back into football

Geoff Thomas: Wants to get back into football

The former England international made 249 appearances for the Eagles and captained the side in the 1990 FA Cup final.

Thomas went on to play for a number of other clubs after leaving Selhurst Park in 1993, including a spell as player-coach under Dave Bassett at Barnsley.

The diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukaemia shortly after retiring saw his focus switch away from the game, although he now admits he would love to succeed Ian Holloway at Palace.

"I was seriously interested in staying in football until I was diagnosed with the illness and my priorities completely changed," Thomas told the Croydon Advertiser.

"I would love the opportunity to get back into football but it's risky. There are a few people who have said they'd take them with me to Palace and I would jump at that but they haven't ended up getting the job.

"There are a few jobs that I would take no questions asked and if Palace came knocking that would be it, my bags would be packed immediately.

"It seems like all my team-mates have had a go, so I think I could do it. Steve Parish has got my number."

The hunt for a new manager is now four weeks old after Palace co-chairman Parish saw hopes of having a new man at the helm appointed by the weekend scotched.

Former Real Madrid assistant coach Aitor Karanka was heavily linked with the post but joined Middlesbrough last week, while former Palace defender Chris Coleman committed his future to Wales.

Dynamo Moscow boss Dan Petrescu has reportedly rejected the opportunity to manage Palace, while current bookmakers' favourite Tony Pulis would not speak about the subject when questioned on Tuesday.

Iain Dowie, Sean Dyche and Andrea Stramaccioni have also been mentioned for a job for which Thomas highlighted the importance of the need for a long-term view.

"I think if you appoint a stop-gap option until the summer now you miss one of the two windows of opportunity where you've got a chance to do something with the side," he said.

"I know Keith Millen personally and he really is a top guy, but I think if he was given the job then he would be worried about damaging his reputation. I think that's what a lot of people are worried about.

"I know a guy who if the job came up last year he would have been in the frame, but now a year later he's not flavour of the month. Football moves on very quickly."

Palace may be struggling to appoint a manager, but there was some good news on the player front on Tuesday with Jonny Williams' return to action.

The Wales international stepped up his recovery from an ankle injury sustained in September by playing the first half of Palace Under-21s' 4-3 win against QPR.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property