BREAKING NEWS!!! Crystal Palace Sack Manager Alan Pardew, To Replace Him With Disgraced Ex England Manager Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace have sacked manager Alan Pardew with the club 17th in the Premier League.

Pardew was appointed on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2015 but the 55-year-old has been dismissed after a run of one victory in 11 games.

Palace have taken just 26 points from the 36 Premier League matches they have played in 2016 and are only one point above the relegation zone.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over.

The ex-Sunderland, Newcastle and West Ham boss is among those expected to be considered.

Chairman Steve Parish told BBC Sport:

“We all bought into the decision to play a more expansive style of football. We all believed in it. That hasn’t worked. It’s no-one’s fault. The players have been running their socks off for Alan, the spirit is good.

“But now we’re going to wind the dial back the other way.

“We’re talking to a number of people to make sure we get this right. Nothing has been agreed.”

In a statement, Pardew said:

“Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football club and am sad that my time there has ended.

“I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected,” added the manager, who made more than 100 appearances for Palace as a player between 1987 and 1991 and led them to the FA Cup final last season.

Parish, who co-owns the club with American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer, added:

“I’m not going to blame other people [the American co-owners]. Relegation is so costly and I feel with no blame attached we got ourselves in a rut and need a change.”

Palace have yet to confirm who will take charge of the team for their league fixture at Watford on Boxing Day.

 

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