If Crystal Palace lose at Swansea City on Saturday (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET online via NBCSports.com) then their manager Alan Pardew wil be fired.
At least, that’s what the Sun newspaper claims in the UK.
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Pardew, 55, is going through a very rough stretch at Selhurst Park with the Eagles losing five-straight games in the Premier League after winning three on the spin in September and going the entire month unbeaten.
Per the report, if Palace lose at bottom of the table Swansea this weekend then former Newcastle United manager Pardew will be fired with the new American owners said to be unsure if the English manager can turn things around. They are also said to be looking at Chris Coleman, the current manager of Wales, and disgraced former England manager Sam Allardyce as his replacement.
It’s not like Pardew hasn’t been backed by the new majority owners and his chairman Steve Parish either, with big money spent on the likes of Yohan Cabaye, James Tomkins and Christian Benteke to strengthen the spine of the team.
Pardew just isn’t getting the best out of his side consistently and consistency has been a real issue not only throughout his near two-year spell in charge of Palace but his entire career.
The former Palace midfielder took charge in south London in January 2015 and kept the Eagles up and pushed them towards midtable. Last season, his first full campaign in charge, he had the Eagles soaring towards the top six at the midway point but a horrendous run of just two wins in the second half of the season saw them just stave off relegation in the end.
In fairness to Pardew towards the end of last season all of the focus was on the FA Cup final, which Palace reached for the first time since 1990 when he scored the winning goal in the semifinal, but they lost 2-1 to Manchester United in extra time.
Now, Palace sit just one point above the relegation zone as their streaky nature shows no signs of stopping. It’s something which has plagued Pardew at former clubs as at Newcastle United he had them finishing fifth in the Premier League one season and then battling relegation the next. It also happened at Southampton where he was fired after initially making a huge impact and the same can be said of his time at West Ham United too.
Will Pardew somehow recover from this increasingly precarious position at Palace? A win on Saturday against struggling Swansea City would certainly help his cause.