With the Premier League season now a few weeks old, the general sporting press are showing a predictable level of impatience in their desire to see the first managerial casualty of the campaign.
This brilliantly written Football365 feature examines the long-term job prospects of Pardew, Pulis & Mark Hughes.
Having come in for a fair amount of criticism since the start of 2016, the aforementioned trio can have few complaints over seeing their names mentioned in a piece such as the one above, with their tactical decisions and general managerial traits being correctly placed under the piercing gaze of football fans and pundits everywhere.
Whilst Palace’s victory over Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough last weekend has lessened the pressure on Pardew somewhat, the upcoming clash with fellow strugglers Stoke City in front of the Sky Sports cameras has the potential to reignite the familiar sense of nervous energy that has hung over SE25 for much of the last eight months.
Admittedly, a vastly improved showing in the second half at home to Bournemouth and an impressively energetic and well-drilled display in the North East last weekend has given us all cause for optimism, but no one is quite ready to forget the run of results which flattened the tidal wave of momentum which had been rolling along prior to the Christmas of 2015.
Indeed, when compared to both Tony Pulis at West Brom and Mark Hughes in the Potteries, Pardew may not seem like an obvious frontrunner in the current “sack race” but even so, it’s good to gain a an outsider’s perspective on his overall performance since taking up residence in the Selhurst dugout.
After the heady days that followed his move from Newcastle, we were left wondering just how Palace could fly in the Premier League table. Unfortunately, the last few months have seen us crash down to earth with a bump; have a read of the feature linked at the top of the page and tell us, hand on heart, if he deserves to be genuinely fearful of being the next top flight boss to lose his job.