It’s been a roller coaster ride Mr Pardew but it might be time to admit it’s the end of the road…

It’s been a roller coaster ride Mr Pardew but it might be time to admit it’s the end of the road…
Dec 16, 2016

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It feels like only yesterday I was writing my article ahead of the Swansea game, I stated then that I would deem 5 points out of the next 3 games as acceptable. Now, 4 games later, we have 4 points out of a possible 12 and things don’t look like they’re about to get any better.

I think most people who know me or my opinions will admit that I have stood by Pardew for quite a while, much longer than the majority of other Palace fans. I’ve been open to giving him time to turn our ship around and unfortunately that hasn’t happened as of yet. And as much as I hate to see a manager lose his job, I also know when enough is enough.pardew1

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s extremely frustrating, the way recent results have gone, because we haven’t actually been annihilated this season, no-one has seriously outclassed us as such. It really has been a case of margins and individual errors that have cost us. However, there is no hiding the fact that we have only won 1 game in our last 10 and conceded 24 goals in the process. And no disrespect to Hull but no Premier League side should be conceding 3 goals to them.

Take Wednesday night for example, I genuinely thought we played well. We set up to try and catch United on the break and conceded a lot of possession as a result but our defence looked well organised and disciplined, which is more than what can be said about Marcos Rojo. I also thought the Flamini, Cabaye and McArthur partnership in midfield looked decent. On the other hand, Zaha, by far our most effective player, looked completely out of place and Benteke was totally isolated upfront. Furthermore, I find it hard to understand exactly as to why Zeki Fryers was subbed on ahead of Townsend.

The sad thing is, I’m pretty sure there were 20,000 people at Selhurst who all knew that late winner was coming.

Ultimately the manager has to take responsibility for results and right now that’s all that matters. Performances will count for nothing come the end of the season. We need to focus on that 40 point mark and make sure we do everything in our power to surpass it, whether that be under the guidance of Alan Pardew or someone else. If that means calling time on Pardew’s reign then so be it. I can’t see any possible way back; I can’t see him rekindling any sort of a relationship with the majority of the fans, I can’t see him recovering a respectable record and I can’t see him being the man to take us forward any further.

Nonetheless, it is important to remember what Pardew has done for the club over the past couple of years and it really does sadden me that we find ourselves in this situation. Without him, there is no guarantee that we would be where we are today, an established top flight club with a £30 million striker. That’s why, no matter what happens from here, I won’t be bitter towards Pardew, he has done a good job up until now but perhaps it is finally time to admit he has taken the club as far as he can.

In my eyes, the most sensible option right now would be to give him the Chelsea game and then go our separate ways. Pardew should walk whilst he still has some sort of credibility intact.

It’s been a roller coaster ride Mr Pardew but it might be time to admit it’s the end of the road…

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