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Paddy McCarthy Ponders Loan Move To Bolton Waderers

It is being reported in the Daily Star, (yes, I know) that Bolton Wanderers will look into the possibility of taking Palace’s club captain Paddy McCarthy on loan over the next week or so.

The Irish defender has struggled horrifically with long-term injuries over the last few years, but is one of the club’s longest serving players, having played under Neil Warnock during his first spell in South London, and subsequently, played an absolutely pivotal role in our survival during the fateful summer of 2010.

Now approaching something like match fitness once again, the 31-year-old is desperate to go out on loan to find regular football once more, with the chance to work alongside Dougie Freedman at Bolton understandably a potentially attractive prospect for the centre-back as he battles to reestablish himself as a regular starter after so long out of the spotlight.

Whether or not he still has the ability or physical attributes needed to be a success in England’s second tier, not to mention his overall goal of participating in the top flight with us remains the subject of some debate, but should a move to the Macron Stadium materialise, it could give his career the sort of boost it’s been crying out for for so long.

Still, we shall wait and see. It was only in Daily Star after all…

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Palace Go Back To The Future By Appointing Ronnie Jepson

Neil Warnock has gone back to the future somewhat with the appointment of Ronnie Jespon to his backroom staff, almost five years after the two worked together at Palace during Warnock’s first stint in the Selhurst Park hot-seat.

Then our reserve team manager, Jepson followed Neil out of the club in 2010, but will now make a return to South London as a Technical Coach, as the manager looks to reestablish his own footprint on the feel of the club as a whole.

With Keith Millen and Ben Garner retaining their coaching roles for the time being at least, the size of the role Jepson will take on remains to be seen, but as someone Warnock trusts implicitly, it’s no surprise to see the two link up once more.

Whilst the appointment has been somewhat of a badly kept secret over the last couple of weeks, the manager is now comfortable for the news to be made public, with the gaffer also keen to bring in another member of staff to cover the sort of role Gerry Francis was fulfilling prior to the departure of Tony Pulis.

Of course, our football under Warnock’s guidance was never the prettiest, but it was certainly effective, and with Jepson having been a part of the the first time around, there’s no reason to suggest that he won’t make a big difference in the coming months too.

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