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Crystal Palace fire manager Pardew

Published:Friday | December 23, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Alan Pardew.

LONDON, (AP):

In charge of English football's worst-performing team of 2016, Alan Pardew was already under heavy scrutiny at Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace.

Some unwise comments about the club's American owners might just have made his position untenable.

Pardew was fired as Palace's manager yesterday, three days before Christmas and nearly two years into his job at Selhurst Park. The club may now turn to Sam Allardyce, who has been without a job since getting fired by England in September.

With nearly half the league season gone, Palace are in 17th place in the 20-team standings after four wins from 17 games. The club has the fewest points per game (0.72) in 2016 than any team in England's top four divisions.

In a short statement, Palace said the club had asked Pardew to step down from his position and thanked him for his services

Since December 2015, the club's board has contained American businessmen David Blitzer and Josh Harris, who were the target of remarks from Pardew after Palace's 3-0 win over Southampton that gave the under-pressure manager some breathing space.

"We have a lot of serious investors at the club who perhaps don't know a lot about football," Pardew said, before praising Palace chairman Steve Parish for defending him in troubled times.

Less than three weeks later, the 55-year-old Englishman is out.

British media reported that Allardyce will hold talks with Palace regarding the vacancy. Allardyce lasted just 67 days and one match in charge of England's national team before he was fired over unguarded comments to undercover reporters posing as businessmen.

Allardyce has a strong record of improving underperforming teams, so would be the perfect appointment for Palace.

Palace have only won six league games in 2016, and have lost eight of their last 10 games.

Palace's next game is against Watford on Monday, which starts a run of three games in eight days over the festive period.