A mere 24 hours after news of Alan Pardew’s departure from Crystal Palace broke, it looks as though Sam Allardyce is on the verge of stepping into his shoes at Selhurst Park.
Whilst plenty of supporters assumed that Allardyce would be the next man to take over the reins in SE25, the rapid nature of negotiations have surprised many in the hours that have followed Pardew’s departure. The squad itself is perfectly set up for the former England man to take over but for now, we can’t be sure if he’ll be in charge at Vicarage Road on Boxing Day.
Given the spare time Sam has had on his hands since leaving his post with the national side, many have suggested that talks between our board and his representatives are likely to have taken place on at least one occasion in recent weeks, coinciding with a run of just one win in 11 games under Pardew’s stewardship. You can’t blame the board (including our new American investors) for sounding Allardyce out, even if it leaves a slightly bitter taste in the mouth; after all, Premier League survival is looked upon as the be all and end all in the eyes of those behind the scenes, leaving little room for sentiment.
I dare say that talks between Allardyce and Steve Parish will already be at an extremely advanced stage (an assumption that can be backed up by Sam’s manner in the above interview) leaving just a few formalities to iron out before an official announcement is made.
My money would be the appointment being made official tomorrow morning at some stage, complete with a grinning manager holding a shift aloft in front of an advertising board.
Things are never dull in South London.