It has taken the national press next to no time to install Sam Allardyce as the red hot favourite to take over from Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, with details of a potential deal splashed across the back pages.
Whilst it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that a manager with Allardyce’s credentials would relish the prospect of coaching a team with Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha at its disposal, the above piece delves far deeper than the simple generalisations you would expect from a national paper that were fumbling in the dark for a shred of truth to pack out an opinion piece on the subject.
As regular watchers of Crystal Palace will know all too well, the decision to relieve Alan Pardew of his duties has been far from a knee-jerk call from Steve Parish and his fellow directors, adding fuel to an already raging fire of suggestion over conversations that may have taken place with Big Sam’s representatives some weeks ago.
With the American investors having bought into the club after a four-month spell which had seen us giving the top four a run for their money by December 2015, the recent slide down the table will have been alarming to say the least. Keeping that in mind, it would come as little surprise to see them go out in search of Big Sam, who, in spite of his recent off-field troubles, is rightly looked upon as the safest pair of hands around when it comes to dragging a team away from the dreaded drop zone before the trapdoor slams shut.
There are a number of other names floating around in reference to the now vacant spot in the Selhurst Park dugout but with time not on Steve Parish’s side and Allardyce still famously out of work, there aren’t too many moving parts to navigate around if there is a deal to be done between the two parties. All of this leads to the assumption that the man himself could well be confirmed as boss shortly after Palace travel to take on Watford on Boxing Day.
The above piece really is remarkable in the detail it unveils given how shortly it was published following news of Pardew’s sacking. Obviously, plenty of people will choose not to believe a word of it but for those of you who are interested in such things, it certainly makes for an engaging read.