Wednesday 20 September 2017

Pardew on brink

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images via Reuters
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Alan Pardew has two games to save his job as Crystal Palace manager. After six consecutive Premier League defeats, Pardew is under intense pressure, but American major shareholders David Blitzer and Josh Harris have decided not to sack him yet.

While Blitzer and Harris are alarmed by Palace's direction - they have taken only 11 points from their first 13 games - Pardew has support from chairman Steve Parish, and that has bought him time.

However, if he fails to halt the team's losing run - they are at home to Southampton on Saturday and then away at Hull City the following week - he will be dismissed.

Palace have conceded several poor goals from set-pieces in recent weeks - a problem which Pardew has clearly not been able to fix on the training ground.

The owners are also unhappy that he not taken all of the advice from the analytics team they brought into the club.

Irish Independent

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