Newcastle United have released a statement confirming that Alan Pardew has been given permission to speak with Crystal Palace. The statement reads: “Newcastle United can confirm that Crystal Palace have made a formal approach requesting permission to speak to Alan Pardew in relation to their vacant managerial position. Crystal Palace have offered compensation at a level whereby Alan has now been permitted to speak to them. As a result of this development today (Monday), Alan will not be at training on Tuesday. Training will be the responsibility of assistant manager John Carver. The Club will make a further announcement in due course.” Speculation about who will replace Pardew as Newcastle manager has already started and the early favourite is Fabricio Coloccini, despite the Argentine defender not holding any coaching badges or qualifications. Other candidates include Frank de Boer, Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood.