Report: Neil Warnock could be first Premier League boss fired if Crystal Palace lose to QPR

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We’re through 18 rounds of the 2014-15 Premier League season, and not a single club has fired its manager. The last time this strange occurrence transpired, the year was 1999.

This time a year ago, five managers (Paolo Di Canio, Ian Holloway, Martin Jol, Steve Clarke and Andre Villas-Boas) had either agreed to step down or been relieved of their duties. Malky Mackay was also cast aside by Cardiff City the day after Boxing Day, making a half-dozen managers gone before the New Year.

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According to The Guardian, though, the 2014-15 season may have its first managerial casualty in its sights, pending the result result of one game in particular on Sunday — QPR vs. Crystal Palace (Watch live online via Live Extra, 9 am ET), as the current 16th- and 18th-placed teams, respectively, face off in a midseason relegation six-pointer.

The man allegedly on the chopping block? It’s Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock.

Warnock only took over at Palace in August, after Tony Pulis vacated the job on the eve of the season opener following a disagreement with the club’s hierarchy.

According to The Guardian‘s report, Palace fans voiced their displeasure following Friday’s 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, insinuating that the fans may be ready for Warnock to go. Palace have won just three of 18 games this season, racking up a modest 15 points, but find themselves just a single point away from relegation safety.