After a dreadful run of Premier League form in the last 11 months, those in the national press have begun to question Alan Pardew’s long-term job prospects at Selhurst Park, a task carried out with aplomb in the article attached below.
Regardless of your individual stance over Pardew’s immediate future in SE25, no one can deny that the boss has been afforded time by both the board and the club’s fan-base, with only minor murmurs of discontent over his tenure arising prior to the current campaign getting underway.
Whilst some are still openly questioning the relevance of a relative avalanche of statistics that run from January to November, the calls for patience before pulling the trigger are becoming less and less frequent, rightly diminishing after a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats.
With our next fixture seeing Pardew pit his wits against a rock bottom Swansea side still searching for their first win under American boss Bob Bradley, numerous news outlets have reported that a defeat will seal Super Al’s fate with the Palace hierarchy.
I’m sure there will be one or two people who criticise me for rocking the figurative boat by writing this piece but it is to those people that I ask a genuine and entirely serious question. Would any other manager to take charge of Palace in the last five years have been able to survive in the role with stats similar to those Pardew has generated since January 1st?
The likes of Freedman, (undoubtedly a bigger Palace legend than Pardew as a player) Holloway and Warnock were rightly placed under direct scrutiny throughout their time at the helm and none of those aforementioned names ever came close to a ratio of just 10 clean sheets in 23 months.
The above feature from James Olley delves impressively into the delicate relationship between Pardew, Steve Parish and the club’s American owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, all of whom have been unquestionably reading from the same hymn sheet until very recently. Their supposed concerns, alongside dissenting noises from sections of our fan-base have seemingly led us to a crossroads via The Liberty Stadium, who knows what direction we’ll go in from there?