Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ambrose: Don't Quit on Us, Boss; Palace's FA Cup Hero Urges Neil Warnock to Resist Overtures from Elsewhere and Stay with the Crisis Club. by Simon Johnson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ambrose: Don't Quit on Us, Boss; Palace's FA Cup Hero Urges Neil Warnock to Resist Overtures from Elsewhere and Stay with the Crisis Club. by Simon Johnson

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Byline: Simon Johnson

CRYSTAL PALACE 2 ASTON VILLA 2

DARREN AMBROSE today urged manager Neil Warnock to stay at Crystal Palace but fears the team's superb display against Aston Villa will make him an even bigger target for rival clubs.

Palace were only denied a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals after Stiliyan Petrov scored a controversial equaliser just three minutes from time.

It was another example of how the cash-strapped club continue to thrive under Warnock's stewardship -- he out-thought opposite number Martin O'Neill in almost every department.

QPR are believed to be keen to make Warnock their new permanent manager and the 61-year-old is understood to be unhappy with how things have been run since Palace went into administration last month.

He had talks with the administrator, Brendan Guilfoyle, on Friday, when he was told he may be out of a job if and when new owners are found.

It was a rare face-to-face meeting for Warnock, who is believed to have grown tired of Guilfoyle corresponding with him mostly by e-mail. His future remains uncertain and Ambrose is worried the club's inspirational manager could soon be prised away.

Ambrose said: "I want him to stay and I hope the talk about QPR is just a rumour. He is a one-off and the main man here. He has kept all the players and staff together during what has been a difficult period.

"He has done such a good job here under the circumstances that clubs will be interested in him, and for Palace to get a result like we did against Aston Villa will mean even more teams will want him now.

"People will probably talk about Carlo Ancelotti or Sir Alex Ferguson being manager of the year but he is right up there with them."

The replay of this fifthround tie will take place in nine days and if Warnock isn't in charge of Palace, he certainly has handed them a nice leaving gift.

While it is likely they have missed their chance to claim the [pounds sterling]180,000 prize money for advancing to the last eight, they can expect another healthy pay-day from their share of the gate receipts at a packed Villa Park. …

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