Alan Pardew lost his job as Crystal Palace manager yesterday afternoon, setting tongues wagging over a potential move for former England boss Sam Allardyce before the year draws to a close.
Following a truly desperate run of form in 2016, no one, including Alan Pardew himself can pretend to be surprised at the board’s decision to relieve him of his duties. As fans, we’ve known for some time that the run to last season’s FA Cup Final kept Pardew in the hot seat and now, with just one win in his last 11 Premier League games, Steve Parish and his fellow directors have rightly decided to pull the trigger.
Some will still point towards Alan’s overall win percentage as a sign of his managerial credentials but in many ways, the peaks and troughs associated with his presence in the dugout have probably prompted Steve Parish to act before the January transfer window opens in a few days time.
Sam Allardyce may not be everyone’s ideal choice from a moral or aesthetic perspective but few could quibble over the man’s CV, particularly when it comes to navigating a club through the notoriously choppy waters of a post-Christmas relegation scrap. In essence, that is all that will matter to those behind the scenes in the immediate future, with the decision to sack Pardew giving us a free run at the ex-England boss before other clubs have the same idea.
The BBC podcast featured above gives you a full and detailed analysis of the reasons behind Pardew’s sacking and the already ubiquitous rumours of a quickfire move to secure Sam Allardyce’s signature from a host of experts across the game.
At a time when numerous news outlets are churning out garbled half-truths, it acts as the perfect summary for Palace fans who are keen to cut through the white noise.