Tuesday 25 July 2017

Crystal Palace's seven managers since 2010

Sam Allardyce is the latest manager to leave Selhurst Park
Sam Allardyce is the latest manager to leave Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace are searching for their eighth permanent manager in seven years following the resignation of Sam Allardyce.

Here, Press Association Sports looks at the men who have most recently occupied the Selhurst Park dugout.

1. George Burley 2010-2011

After administration and a points deduction, Palace scraped Championship survival on the final day of the 2009-10 season under caretaker boss Paul Hart. Hart was overlooked for the permanent position in the summer and former Scotland boss Burley brought in. The appointment was far from a success and Burley was sacked following a 3-0 defeat at Millwall on New Year's Day with the club second bottom on 22 points from 24 games.

2. Dougie Freedman 2011-2012

The ex-Eagles striker, who had been assistant to Burley, was given the job in January 2011 after the club missed out on their first choice, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe. Under Freedman, Palace survived relegation to the third tier with one game to spare as they ended the campaign in 20th position. He improved slightly in his second season - achieving a 17th-placed finish - before he left the club in October 2012 to take over at recently-relegated Bolton.

3. Ian Holloway 2012-2013

Freedman's decision to depart looked a foolish one in May 2012 when the Trotters missed out on the play-offs and Palace were promoted under his successor. Holloway, who had led Blackpool to the Premier League three seasons earlier, repeated the trick with the Eagles as they beat Watford at Wembley. He perhaps became a victim of his own success the next season, leaving the club by mutual consent in October 2013 after seven defeats from eight in the top flight.

4. Tony Pulis 2013-2014

The former Stoke boss had never been relegated in 21 years as a manager but he was faced with a tough task to preserve that record given Palace's precarious predicament. He quickly turned things around and after 11 victories from 26, which included a five-match winning run in March and April, the Eagles ended the season 11th. He left the club by mutual consent less than 48 hours before the start of the following season.

5. Neil Warnock 2014-2014

Warnock, who had previously left the Palace hot-seat after they slipped into administration in 2010, was brought back in following Pulis' unexpected departure. The much-travelled manager's second spell did not last long, however. He survived for exactly four months and was dismissed following a Boxing Day defeat to Southampton having won only three of his 16 Premier League matches in charge.

6. Alan Pardew 2015-2016

Former Palace player Pardew left Newcastle to return to south-east London with the club struggling in the drop zone. He guided them to their best-ever Premier League finish of 10th in his opening campaign and then led the team to the FA Cup final, where they were beaten by Manchester United, in his only full season. Pardew was sacked in December last year after eight defeats from 10 left Palace a point and a place above the bottom three.

7. Sam Allardyce 2016-2017

Following his much-publicised departure as England boss, Allardyce had been out of work for three months when he was brought in by the Eagles just before Christmas. He had built a reputation as someone who could keep sides in the top flight and duly delivered with eight victories from 21 - including impressive successes against title-winners Chelsea and Champions League hopefuls Arsenal and Liverpool. Allardyce, whose tenure began with six league defeats from eight, announced his surprise decision to quit on Tuesday.

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