Palace are hovering above the relegation zone, and Alan Pardew has come under some pressure.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew could be facing the sack this weekend if they lost to Southampton, according to a report in The Times, but they claim that the hierachy at Selhurst Park are reluctant to make a change at this stage.
The Eagles have been on a terrible run of late - having lost each of their last six games culminating in the 5-4 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium last weekend - which sees them just outside the relegation zone on goal-difference.
Palace also have the worst record in the Premier League throughout the calendar year which has contributed to Pardew coming under pressure.
The Times reports the reason Palace would be reluctant to sack Pardew is that they feel there is not a suitable replacement available to take over at this time.
Former England manager Sam Allardyce is currently favourite to take over should Pardew be removed from his post, according to Oddschecker at a price of 4/7. Current Wales boss Chris Coleman is second favourite with his best price at 8/1.
It does create something of a dilemma at the club if they do not feel that Pardew is capable of taking them forward yet they do not feel that anyone is available who is suitable for the role - especially with the January transfer window coming up next month.
The ideal solution, it would seem, is that Palace record a victory at the weekend and try to build from there to pull clear of the drop zone. After Southampton they face a trip to fellow strugglers Hull City. If they manage to record back-to-back wins ahead of a two home games against Manchester United and Chelsea, it could give both Pardew and the club some breathing space.