Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace have been thrown into turmoil just days away from the start of the Premier League season with manager Tony Pulis walking out on the club.
Frustrated by a lack of funds to bolster his squad for the new season, Pulis held crisis talks with co-chairman Steve Parish.
But the pair couldn’t come to a resolution with Pulis, who was named the League Managers Association’s Premier League manager of the year in May, quitting effective immediately.
The news is sure to be a blow to Palace skipper Jedinak, who had a tremendous relationship with the hard-nosed manager.
It’s the worst possible timing for the club, with a trip to play heavyweights Arsenal on Sunday morning (AEST).
With the Asian Cup in Australia in January, Jedinak will be hoping the drama doesn’t affect his club too much as they look too build on their 11th place finish last season.
Former West Brom boss Steve Clark, ex-Celtic boss Neil Lennon and former Cardiff and Watford chief Malky Mackay are among the early contenders to replace Pulis.
While Jedinak is a certain starter against the Gunners, fellow Socceroos star Jason Davidson could also feature on the opening weekend of the EPL season.
Davidson, who signed a two-year deal with the Baggies last week, has impressed manager Alan Irvine since joining the club and is in line for a possible debut at home to Sunderland.