So, out of nowhere, it seems as though Sam Allardyce is leaving Palace just days after helping the club to secure their place in the Premier League for a record fifth consecutive year.
Despite speaking only recently about his plans for this summer’s transfer targets, coaching reinforcements and pre-season training camps, the former England boss is leaving SE25 and may (that last word is important) decide to call time on his managerial career altogether.
Plenty of fans are understandly fretting over the “typical” turbulent summer that Palace now have ahead of them, with many raising questions over where that leaves negotiations relating to Zaha’s proposed new contract and Sakho’s potential permanent arrival but as things stand, we are nowhere near gaining any real sense of clarity over the finer points of the club’s post-Allardyce contingency plan.
After the departures of Freedman and Pulis in recent years, Palace fans could be forgiven for craving a sense of stability rather than perpetual change but as the dust begins to settle on this afternoon’s revelations, I suppose we should at least be thankful that the news has broken at the very start of the summer rather than a day or two before the new season begins as it did with the aforementioned Welshman at the helm.
Speculation over Sam’s replacement remains extremely scant as we await an official announcement from the club but we’ll let you know everything as and when news breaks.
Crystal Palace FC – A club without a single dull moment.