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Allardyce the early favourite to replace Pardew


Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA

Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA

Sam Allardyce. Photo: PA

Crystal Palace have sacked manager Alan Pardew after just one win in 11 Premier League matches.

Palace issued a statement yesterday afternoon, confirming they had asked Pardew to "step down as manager of the club".

Former Newcastle manager Pardew took the Selhurst Park helm in January 2015, but the Eagles' recent slump has left the club one place and one point off the Premier League relegation zone.

Ex-England manager Sam Allardyce has become the early favourite to replace him with Roy Hodgson, Jurgen Klinsmann, Chris Coleman and Gary Rowett also linked to the job.

Pardew's position at Palace appeared under threat the moment the American consortium led by Josh Harris and David Blitzer completed their takeover deal in December 2015.

Parish stayed on as club chairman after the change in ownership, but at a reduced shareholding. While Parish continued to offer staunch support for Pardew even into this term however, results on the field took a tumble.

Pardew was even said to have been one defeat from the sack before pulling a 3-0 home victory over Southampton out of the fire, on December 3. Now, though, the 55-year-old former Newcastle and West Ham boss finds himself out of work.

"I would just like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at Crystal Palace for their fantastic support," said Pardew in a statement released by the club.

"In particular a big thanks to the players who gave me absolutely everything and Steve Parish and his board."