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Wanderer Popovic linked with Crystal Palace vacancy

Western Sydney Wanderers chairman Paul Lederer will not be standing in Tony Popovic's way if he wants to replace Neil Warnock as Crystal Palace manager.

Tony Popovic: Palace-bound? Credit: PA

The 41-year-old is one of the favourites for the vacant position at Selhurst Park, with another ex-Eagle, Alan Pardew, heading the betting.

Pardew fuelled speculation by ducking his post-match media duties after Newcastle's win over Everton on Sunday, but the Englishman has five-and-a-half years left on his deal in the north-east.

"If he was bettering himself and went to the EPL and he got the top job, I'd be wishing him all the best and good luck to him," Lederer said of Popovic in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The newspaper reported that Palace had contacted Popovic about the job, and Lederer is awaiting talks with his manager.

"I'm absolutely sure we'll be discussing it," said Lederer. "It could be as early as tomorrow or the day after, we'll certainly be discussing it."

Cisse elbow on Coleman 'unacceptable' - Martinez

Roberto Martinez insisted Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse should have been sent off for an "unacceptable" elbow on Seamus Coleman in Everton's 3-2 defeat on Tyneside.

Sharp elbows: Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse. Credit: PA

Replays suggested the latter was fortunate to survive as referee Craig Pawson took no action. Martinez's frustration was compounded four minutes later when Cisse cancelled out Arouna Kone's opener to set up the home side to end a run of four successive defeats.

Asked if the goalscorer should still have been on the pitch at that point, the Toffees boss said: "No, no, he shouldn't.

"One thing is the performance of the two sides; the other is the big moments like that elbow. I don't want to see players sent off for different rules or the laws of the game, but it is unacceptable, that action from Papiss Cisse.

"You don't want to see that on a football pitch, that shouldn't be allowed. Two players fighting for their position at a dead-ball situation and you end up deciding to take the law [into your own hands] by elbowing a fellow professional, it's unacceptable and that should have been a red card."

Cisse seems certain to face disciplinary action over the incident.


Bournemouth stretch lead at top of Championship

Bournemouth extended their lead at the top of the Championship table to four points with a 2-0 win at Millwall.

Yann Kermorgant's penalty broke the deadlock and Harry Arter doubled the advantage before half-time, while the Lions had Shaun Williams sent off late on.

With second-placed Ipswich and fellow promotion hopefuls Derby not in action, Middlesbrough moved up to third thanks to a goalless draw at Blackburn.

Wolves continued their recent resurgence with a 2-1 defeat of Brentford at Molineux which included a couple of own goals and a red card.

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