Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish hopes to name Tony Pulis his new manager this week.

Parish has sounded out ex-Stoke boss Pulis and is desperate to persuade the Welshman to take charge after preliminary talks went well.

Only if Pulis turns the Londoners down will they look elsewhere, with Neil Warnock - Palace boss from 2007-2010 - next in line to replace Ian Holloway, who stepped down by mutual consent last week.

Pulis is understood to have major reservations about the Selhurst Park gig.

He wants a bumper £1.5million-plus contract, plus a big survival bonus and fears it would be the hardest job of his career to save a side that's lost eight of the first nine games from relegation.

Meanwhile, caretaker boss Keith Millen believes the squad showed enough in Saturday's loss to Premier League leaders Arsenal to prove they can survive.

Millen said after the final whistle: “The owners have got this club in a good situation. The fans are definitely with you, you saw that today and I think you’ve got a talented group of players, it’s just trying to get the balance of what is your best team.

“We are still trying to find out what the best team is and some of them have not been given the chance yet so the new manager will have to asses the group very quickly.

“But if he asks for my opinion I think he he saw a team spirit against Arsenal and togetherness that would make most people want to come and work with them.”