A great deal has been tweeted, written and screamed in anger about Crystal Palace’s form in 2016 but following last night’s last-gasp defeat to Manchester United, I am finally nailing my colours to the mast in saying that I think it’s time for Alan Pardew to be relieved of his duties in SE25.
To some casual observers, the hours after a loss to Jose Mourinho’s expensively assembled Reds’ side may seem like a strange time to call for a manager’s head but given Pardew’s decision to withdraw James McArthur in the dying stages and push for all three points, a large chunk of our fan-base, myself included, have now had enough of the gaffer’s all or nothing approach to in-game management.
For all of the spin “Pards” likes to apply in the press after a defeat, there is no longer any real hiding place for him in relation to our ongoing poor form. Yes, we’re scoring a lot of goals but we’re conceding even more, culminating in a sequence of results which have seen him accumulate just six victories in his last 37 Premier League games; a record which should be deemed unacceptable in the eyes of anyone who doesn’t have their head fully submerged in sand.
It doesn’t take a great deal of intellect to realise that last season’s fantastic FA Cup run kept the former Eagles’ midfielder in the job beyond his natural sell-by date but this term, with the squad languishing dangerously close to the drop zone and showing no tangible signs of improvement, the list of positives associated with Pardew’s continued reign is getting shorter and shorter as each week goes by.
Do you feel it’s time for Steve Parish and his fellow directors to pull the trigger or do you think Alan deserves more time? Vote via the link above if you can, the more people that voice their opinion, the better.