Alan Pardew left Crystal Palace yesterday after almost exactly two years in charge, provoking a sensation of relief amongst most of the Eagles’ fan-base.
Whilst the vast majority of Palace fans were absolutely desperate to see the former midfielder succeed in his role at Selhurst Park, the last 12 months have been an almost constant stream of disappointment, aside from our improbable run to the FA Cup Final in May. Admittedly, his overall win percentage remains largely respectable but it’s boosted hugely by his record throughout his first year in the job, before falling off a cliff at the very start of 2016.
Few would disagree with the assumption that Pardew was afforded rather longer than he should have been to turn things around by Steve Parish and co. but in truth, it’s difficult to blame the board for wanting to stick by their man, given the magical start he experienced in SE25. Thanks to sizeable summer investment and an attempt to “evolve” tactically, there were hopes of an imminent improvement in form but after a sequence of results which has brought just one win in 11 games, Steve Parish and his American counterparts really had no option other than to act.
I dare say that a fair few people will see the above video as distasteful but in the grand theme of things, it’s worth seeing it as a harmless bit of fun and nothing more. Yes, “Pards” as he’s still affectionately referred to by many is deeply connected to Crystal Palace FC but now that he’s been taken out of the firing line, he’d admit that his results have been unacceptable for most of 2016.
With the January transfer window just around the corner, it feels as though the owners have pulled the trigger at the perfect time. Alan Sugar clearly agrees…