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Cheick Tiote tributes pour in; Hard-nosed midfielder mourned

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Few people enjoyed playing against combative Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, but the longtime Newcastle United midfielder was respected by many.

Tiote, 30, passed away Monday after collapsing during a training session with Chinese side Beijing enterprises.

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winner also played with Twente and Anderlecht, and was especially beloved amongst his ex-Newcastle teammates.

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Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez praised Tiote as “a true professional, dedicated, talented, and above all, a great man.”

Ex-NUFC boss Alan Pardew was particularly stung by Tiote’s death, and honored “a giant of a midfielder.”

 

Pardew laments firing, credits Palace turnaround to new players

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Alan Pardew knows why Crystal Palace was failing when he got fired, knows he could’ve fixed it, and seems pretty bummed he’s not there any more.

Pardew emerged to make the comments after Sam Allardyce helmed another upset win for Palace, a 2-1 win over Liverpool which joins defeats of Arsenal and Chelsea.

The win moves Palace 12th, and the Eagles have a legitimate shot at a top-half finish despite their poor start to the season. But Pardew wants fans to know it was about a personnel mistake, and that Palace dropped into the relegation zone after he was fired.

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The Northeast Chronicle says Pardew aimed to bring former Newcastle left backs Davide Santon and Paul Dummett to Palace, but couldn’t get the moves over the line. Then Pape Souare was hurt in a car accident and Palace was in trouble.

Over to you, Pards (From the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder):

“We were kicking ourselves not to have any left-footed cover. We were playing right-footed players there and things were exploiting that situation. We became one dimensional.

“I was really disappointed I didn’t get to the window because Sam Allardyce followed me and the results didn’t really improve until the new players got bedded in and they made a big difference.”

Allardyce brought in Patrick Van Aanholt from Sunderland and Jeff Schlupp from Leicester to shore up the left side.

The story is made more amusing by the fact that Allardyce has not hesitated to make Palace’s return to form almost exclusively about his influence, while Pardew bleeds the very same blood.

Who’s on first?

So… where does Swansea City turn now?

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Swansea City are in dreaded company after firing Bob Bradley on Tuesday, with none of the last three clubs to fire two managers inside one Premier League season holding onto its top flight status.

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Swans have two massive matches in the next seven days, six-pointers against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, with caretaker manager Alan Curtis at the helm.

After that, it’s a brutal run of matches which includes Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, and Manchester City.

Given the instability at the club, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins will have a hard time convincing a big name to take the helm. Francesco Guidolin was given the job after keeping the team safe but not allowed final say on transfers, and Bradley didn’t even get one window despite leaving his job at Le Havre.

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Swansea simply have to open up the war chest and their trust tree for the new boss. Another Andre Ayew or Ashley Williams cannot be sold without a tested replacement. And frankly, Swans fans should be worried that players like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente could ask to leave the mess behind.

Already the same names are being recycled as possibilities to take the job: Welsh heroes Ryan Giggs and Chris Coleman, as well as recently fired Palace boss Alan Pardew.

It’s worth noting that, in addition to only being first chair on a caretaker basis at Manchester United, Giggs has never been in a relegation campaign as a player or coach anywhere… ever.

Coleman would be a worthwhile risk and has hero status after guiding Wales in EURO 2016, but would he leave the national team gig despite his goal of helping them to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Pardew is available and will certainly believe he could handle the job. But his penchant for leading streaky teams should probably cool Swansea’s interest. It’s big risk/reward with “Pardiola”.

Other candidates tabbed for the gig are Roy Hodgson, who could go head-to-head with fellow ex-England boss Sam Allardyce in a relegation race, and many seem to think former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett could be the man for the job.

And how about this one? Former USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann is listed by the oddsmakers as an option to replace Bradley. Surely that would also be deemed to big of a risk, as Klinsmann is another man who’s not afraid to ruffle his players and also hasn’t been involved in too many relegation skirmishes.

Then again, can’t you hear the phone calls from Wales to Germany?

“Timmy Chandler, it’s me, Jurgen… I’m getting the band back together.”

 

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Pardew releases statement after being fired by Crystal Palace

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Alan Pardew has addressed his firing by Crystal Palace magnanimously.

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The 55-year-old manager was let go by Palace, the club he also played for, on Thursday with the Eagles just one point above the relegation zone after 17 games of the season.

Pardew’s Palace have won just six league games in 2016, the worst record of any professional team in all four divisions in England. Simply put: this was coming.

In a short statement on Palace’s website the English coach thanked the board, players and supporters of the south London club.

“I would just like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at Crystal Palace for their fantastic support. In particular a big thanks to the players who gave me absolutely everything and Steve Parish and his Board. Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football Club and am sad that my time there has ended. I  feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected, I wish everybody associated with the Club the best of luck in the future including of course the fans who have been magnificent.”

The south London native was adored by many fans and after he led them to an 11th place finish in his first half season with the Eagles in the 2014-15 campaign, things were looking good. It looked even better when midway through the 2015-16 season the Eagles were flying high and challenging for European qualification, however a huge slump then occurred as they only just staved off relegation last season and are embroiled in a battle against the drop this campaign.

A disastrous 2016 cost Pardew his job as one of the streakiest managers in Premier League history couldn’t turn things around despite big money signings.

Alan Pardew fired by Crystal Palace after dreadful 2016

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The reign of Pardiola at Crystal Palace is over.

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On Thursday Alan Pardew was fired as manager of Crystal Palace with the Eagles winning just four of their 17 games this season and just six in total in 2016.

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Despite reaching the 2015-16 FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium (Palace lost to Manchester United in extra time) it has been a horrendous 12 months for Pardew and the South London club in the Premier League as they slumped from challenging for a top six finish to becoming relegation candidates.

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The Eagles released a brief statement on their website to confirm they’d fired former Crystal Palace player Pardew.

Crystal Palace F.C. have today asked Alan Pardew to step down as Manager of the Club.

Club Chairman Steve Parish said, “I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for the tremendous service Alan has given us, both in his time here as Manager and previously as a player.  Following a fantastic second half of 2014/15, the 2015/16 season culminated in only narrowly missing out on winning the FA cup as well as securing our Premier League place for a record breaking fourth time. During his tenure Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question, he has improved so many areas of the Club and we wish him the very best for the future.

With games now coming thick and fast over the holiday period the Club are hoping to put someone in place as quickly as possible but have nothing to say about a replacement at this time.

Just three days before Christmas Day is a particularly brutal time to fire someone from their job but Pardew has had this coming for quite some time.

Following a run of six-straight PL defeats from October to early December, the former West Ham, Southampton and Newcastle coach came under heavy scrutiny and acknowledge his job was under threat. With Palace taken over my American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer, Pardew hit out following Palace’s win against Southampton in December.

“The chairman got a bit edgy this week, as you’d expect,” Pardew said. “We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don’t know a lot about football so the chairman has been defending me. I always think as a manager at any level, particularly in the modern era, expect the sack. Just expect it; it’s coming at some stage, so just do your job as best you can. Every week, that’s what I try to do.”

It’s unlikely that comment went down well.

After spending big money on the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Christian Benteke, Pardew just hasn’t got the best out of his squad and after almost two years at the helm he now leaves the Eagles in a relegation battle.

With huge relegation battles coming up against Swansea City and West Ham coming up in their next four PL games, Palace sit just one point above relegation zone. Who could replace Pardew?

Sam Allardyce is the bookmakers favorite to take charge, while Chris Coleman, Roy Hodgson and Gary Rowett are also leading candidates.