After Saturday's horrific 5-4 defeat to Swansea, how much longer can Pardew hang on at Selhurst Park?
About 12 months ago, Alan Pardew was one of the standout candidates to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager following Euro 2016. Now, having been in the frame for one the biggest, if thankless, jobs in European football, Pardew may soon find that he has a lot more time on his hands than even the average international manager.
If Saturday’s calamitous defeat to Swansea City is not the final straw, then the camel’s knees are certainly quaking. From losing to winning to losing again in the blinking of an eye, no one game has ever epitomised Pardew’s entire managerial career quite like this one. Like at the Liberty Stadium, the former Newcastle United and Southampton boss has often discovered that a crippling low can be just around the corner from elation.
After all, while Palace are statistically the worst performing team in the top four tiers of English football this season, they looked ready to fight it out for European football last season. Six defeats on the trot certainly doesn’t help matters.
And, now, one of the most divisive figures in English football could well be on the verge of watching his dream world crash down around him. His return to former club Palace appeared a perfect fit. Unlike at Newcastle, where he was Mike Ashley’s cheeky cockney mate among a Geordie brigade, he is ‘one of their own’ at Selhurst Park. This only serves to make his sudden plight all the more startling.
According to The Chronicle, the 55-year-old has overtaken permanently-beleaguered Sunderland boss David Moyes in the sack race, with bookmakers shortening the odds to 8/13.
Yet, Twitter doesn’t seem too forgiving.
Pardew will be using Wickham injury if we lose more games. This guy has a book of excuses to make, just to keep job. I can see it already— Rossi (@Eagles71987) November 29, 2016
I fear the Connor Wickham injury is just another nail in my beloved @CPFC coffin Pardew needs to go before we are adrift in the bottom 3— FFS (@MoanAlone) November 29, 2016
Unreal that people still rate Pardew as a manager. Has an effect for first 8-9 months followed by gradual continuous decline at every job— FirminoFlair (@FirminoxFlairx) November 29, 2016
Cpfc board a joke sort this crisis out swiftly.need a new manager b4 it's to late.he Pardew lost fans get him out. Club getting a joke.— Cpfc Kent (@CpfcKent) November 29, 2016