James Gill, Sports Correspondent at thelondonpaper, takes a view on the Big Two at Palace ...

Neil Warnock and Simon Jordan make a fine pair at Crystal Palace. Bad cop and, er, bad cop, if you will.

Both outspoken, both no strangers to controversy.

Palace Manager Warnock has been described as "a prehistoric" by Rafael Benitez; and "hypocritical" by Sean Bean, the actor and fan of Sheffield United - where Warnock used to manage.

Little wonder the combative manager is referred to as the Marmite of British football: you either love him or hate him. The same could be said of Eagles Chairman Jordan.

Yet most football fans would applaud Jordan and Warnock for their championing of teenagers in the Coca-Cola Championship. British teens, at that.

Palace have not had a particularly memorable season. Yet, due to the competitive nature of the top division - where anyone can beat anyone - they are nine points off the Play-Offs with two games in hand.

Will they win promotion? Maybe not, but Palace fans can have much cause for cheer.

This season Warnock has given first-team games to 18-year-old Victor Moses, Sean Scannell, 18, Lee Hills, 18, Kieran Djilali 18, and Nathaniel Clyne, 17, while taking Rui Fonte, 18, on loan from Arsenal.

Warnock is the first to admit that teenage footballers "blow hot and cold" and they need to realise "you have to work hard to succeed".

But, if there is one manager in the Championship to give them consistency through performances, it is Warnock.

And the teens are only at Palace because of the academy put in place by Jordan.

A lack of finances suggests Warnock's hand is forced to an extent, yet he clearly has an eye for talent

But, talent is one thing; the right attitude and application are another. They are the hallmark of a Warnock player.

Granted, some of Palace's youths will fall by the wayside, while others will leave for pastures new.

But even that is not necessarily a bad thing; Palace are £2m better off following the sale of mercurial midfielder Ben Watson to Wigan.

Warnock also likes the thought of turning Selhurst Park into Battersea Dog's Home, giving refuge to football's strays, the unloved pups who lost their way.

The latest is Anthony Stokes.

Roy Keane and Ricky Sbragia allegedly couldn't keep the forward out of the nightclubs of Sunderland.

Warnock, you sense, will have no such trouble with Stokes, 20. He said of the lad: "I like lost souls."

Warnock revels in his role as one of British football's misfits, an outspoken oddball, a glorious eccentric.

On a challenging fixture schedule that sees Palace travel to Burnley, Swansea City and Barnsley inside a week, Warnock said: "We've got three away games coming up where we cover 1,200 miles in a few days.

"If we win all of them, I'll show my backside on Sheffield Town Hall steps."

After the Barnsley match on Tuesday March 17, you may want to give Sheffield a wide berth.