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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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Dowie's Palace future in doubt after Jordan bust-up

Iain Dowie's future as manager of Crystal Palace was in doubt tonight.

The 41-year-old Dowie is scheduled to appear at a press conference alongside chairman Simon Jordan on Monday, with Eagles striker Clinton Morrison today confirming the two recently fell out.

Whether that conference has been called to confirm the pair have smoothed things over, or to announce Dowie's departure from the club he began managing in December 2003, remains to be seen.

But it is believed Dowie is keen to be allowed to talk to south London neighbours Charlton about their managerial vacancy after Alan Curbishley ended his 15-year tenure at The Valley, while he has also been linked with Preston, whose manager Billy Davies has been given permission to speak to the Addicks.

Dowie could favour a return north as his family live in Lancashire.

Morrison said: 'Somebody from a high authority told me that he [Dowie] had had a bit of barney with the chairman.

'Hopefully, with whatever has happened between Iain Dowie and the chairman, it can be sorted.

'It would be so disappointing if the manager who brought me in moves on, particularly as it would mean another change - and Palace have a tendency to change their manager.' Davies has emerged as the front-runner for the vacant Charlton job after an approach to speak to Colchester's Phil Parkinson was rejected and Hull boss Peter Taylor pulled out of the selection process, stating he preferred to stay with the Championship club. Davies has guided Preston to the play-offs in the last two seasons to enhance his reputation and the Lilywhites granted him permission to speak to the Premiership club. Preston chairman Derek Shaw confirmed: 'The club felt that if permission had not been granted, like is often the case, things could have turned sour so we felt it was in the best interests of both parties to allow talks to take place.' However Colchester, who were promoted to the Championship this season, turned down the Addicks' request to hold talks with Parkinson. A statement read: 'The U's have refused approaches from Premiership team Charlton Athletic, as well as Championship sides Ipswich Town and Derby County - a position which all three clubs have accepted.'