Iain Moody, former head of recruitment at Cardiff, takes up role with Crystal Palace

The Eagles are currently without a manager but have gone ahead and employed a sporting director

Former Cardiff head of recruitment Iain Moody has joined the Bluebirds' Premier League rivals Crystal Palace as the London club's new sporting director.

Moody was ousted from his position at the Cardiff City Stadium last month and replaced by 23-year-old Kazakh Alisher Apsalyamov, in a surprise move by owner Vincent Tan.

Moody has functioned alongside Cardiff manager Malky Mackay at Watford and the Welsh side, and Palace co-chairman Steve Parish believes he has signed up a skilled operator.

Parish said on BBC1: "I think the whole area of our recruitment is essential at a football club.

"Iain's got great experience, working with Malky Mackay at Watford and latterly Cardiff, with great success as well.

"Iain will be responsible for all areas of player recruitment. The chief scout will report into him. He's work directly with me and with the new manager when he's appointed."

Parish stressed Moody had not been appointed to lead Palace's search for a new manager, following Ian Holloway's recent resignation.

"That's not correct," Parish said.

"Obviously Iain is someone whose opinion we'll ask for.

"The manager process is ongoing. We want to appoint someone quickly but we want to get the right person."

Palace are optimistic about making an appointment next week, Parish said.

"We're down to three or four possibles and we would hope to get somebody in place for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, but it may go a little bit longer depending on the situation of the person that we pick," he said.

Moody is relishing his new task at Selhurst Park.

Palace are at the foot of the Premier League with just three points gleaned from 10 matches since their promotion.

"I am very excited by the opportunity I have been offered and would like to thank the club for their faith in me," Moody said on the club's website.

"The club has made impressive progress since 2010 and I look forward to playing my part in helping ensure their continued success. I can't wait to get started."

Moody was set to watch Palace's Premier League home match against Everton on Saturday.

Palace are adamant they have plenty left to play for this season, despite their parlous standing in the table.

And the next manager will need to share that view, according to the co-chairman.

"We've certainly made it more difficult for ourselves with results but it's too early to write the season off. It would be crazy to write the season off. We've not written the season off," Parish said.

"The person we're looking to appoint, it's very important that we feel they've not written the season off, because if nothing else you're not suddenly going to be able to turn on fantastic football because you're in the Championship.

"You've got to be playing much better football and your confidence has got to be there in the squad if you do find yourself relegated."

PA

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