Crystal Palace sack manager Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace have confirmed the sacking of manager Alan Pardew after the Eagles suffered their eighth defeat in 10 games, reports Sky Sports.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is due to hold talks with club chairman Steve Parish in the coming days, with a view to becoming the next at the helm. The 62-year-old has expressed an interest in returning to club management after his short stint in charge of the national team.

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Pardew was appointed Palace manager in January 2015, taking charge of 87 games before his eventual departure. The 55-year-old, who spent four years at the club as a player, led the Eagles to safety with a 15th place finish in the Premier League, while reaching the FA Cup final last season – losing 2-1 to Manchester United at Wembley.

However, Crystal Palace’s form in 2016 has been woeful throughout, with the Londoners managing just six wins from 36 Premier League outings this year – amassing 26 points from a possible 108. Their latest defeat, a 1-0 home loss to Chelsea, left them 17th in the table and just one point above the relegation zone.

Pardew released a statement on the club’s website, saying: “I would just like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at Crystal Palace for their fantastic support. In particular, a big thanks to the players who gave me absolutely everything and Steve Parish and his board.”

Parish also gave a kind farewell message to Pardew, a manager whom he’d placed so much faith in prior to his sacking. He said: “I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for the tremendous service Alan has given us, both in his time here as manager and previously as a player.

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“Following a fantastic second half of 2014/15, the 2015/16 season culminated in only narrowly missing out on winning the FA Cup as well as securing our Premier League place for a record breaking fourth time.

“During his tenure Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question, he has improved so many areas of the club and we wish him the very best for the future.”

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