As Crystal Palace Sack Alan Pardew, Should Sam Allardyce Take Over At Selhurst Park?
Posted by Daniele Accurso | Published on December 22, 2016
With the Eagles sitting in 17th place in the Premier League, only one point ahead of David Moyes’ Sunderland who find themselves in the relegation zone, it is nothing out of the blue to see Alan Pardew be sacked by the club. Having played over 100 games for the club as a player, Pardew enjoyed a great start to life at the helm of the south London club back in January 2015 having taken over from Neil Warnock. Pardew guided the club to safety in his first campaign and were looking to build upon that last season. Although they started last season strongly, the club soon tailed off in 2016 with their form the poorest in both the Football League and Premier League.
Even though Pardew had masterminded Crystal Palace to an FA Cup final earlier this year, with the Eagles losing the cup in extra time to Louis Van Gaal’s men, this could only pave over the ever growing cracks within the team. Palace only managed a mere points tally of 0.72 per game in 2016 which was the worst form out of the 92 professional clubs in Englands top four leagues. The next worse form was seen by York City who averaged 0.78 per games, and they were subsequently relegated to the Conference at the end of the 2015/16 League Two season. Pardew has been identified as going into a job and resurrecting a clubs form, having done similar wonders with Newcastle which saw the Geordies enter the Europa League one season. However, this honeymoon period wears off eventually and Pardew is then known to struggle, once again being seen at Palace. Thus, it’s no surprise too many to see Pardew’s Palace fall off the rails quite drastically and end with the ex-Reading, West Ham, Charlton, Southampton and Newcastle manager sacked.
Sam Allardyce is the favourite for the job at Selhurst Park, with his reputation of steering a club away from relegation the key attribute which will entice joint Palace Chairman Steve Parish. Sam Allardyce said in an interview a few days back:
“I think I’ll be back probably in the new year – if not before depending on what approaches come.”
Therefore it seems the ex-England manager could be in the dugout like he predicted before the New Year, with talks to be opened in the next 24 hours with Steve Parish. Allardyce would suit Palace perfectly with the current squad they have at their disposal. A big target man in Benteke, with rapid wingers in the form of Townsend and Zaha, followed by the physical presence that is James McArthur and a seemingly strong defence with the likes of James Tomkins and Scott Dann, big Sam might have the ingredients he requires to create his typical hard-working team.
For Sam Allardyce, Palace offers a perfect pathway back into management since his embarrassing departure from England whilst Pardew might have blown his chance in the big time, with Alan linked with England twice in the past six months. This unforgettable form, for all the wrong reasons, might just hinder Pardew from being a Premier League teams first choice candidate in the coming months and seasons, should they require a new manager. Either way, Crystal Palace will be hoping Allardyce works his magic once more by steering clear of relegation and then turning the London club into the force they so desperately want to be.