Allardyce set for Palace hotseat
Sam Allardyce is the clear bookies' favourite to be the next Crystal Palace manager. Alan Pardew was sacked this week with the Eagles currently sitting 17th in the Premier League with the club having won just once in their previous 11 league games. Although there are reports suggesting that other options are being considered, Allardyce would seem the obvious choice given his previous experience in keeping sides in the Premier League.
Big Sam has been out of work since he was sacked by England after just one game and 67 days in charge. Following an undercover investigation, the 62-year-old was dismissed by the FA but this does not appear to have deterred Palace. Big names such bet365, Skybet and Boylesports all have Allardyce as short as 1/10 to take the Selhurst Park hotseat. The former Bolton, Blackburn, Newcastle, West Ham and Sunderland boss is a more attractive price of 1/8 with Betfred but these odds suggest the bookmakers are pretty confident of the move happening.
If Palace are looking for a manager to preserve their Premier League status, then accquiring Allardyce's signature would get them one of the very best when it comes to keeping sides in the top flight. Throughout his managerial career with five different Premier League clubs, he has never been relegated and managed to save Sunderland last season even though they were second from bottom of the table when he took over in October. Alan Pardew's tenure at Selhurst Park came to an end this week after a dismal 2016. Of all of the 92 football league sides, Palace had the worst points-per-game ratio of any side with an average of just 0.72 from their 36 games.
At the turn of the year, they had sat comfortably in fifth place in the league and looked to be well placed for a European finish. However a 14 game winless run until April saw them eventually finish 15th in the table. Pardew however did lead the club to the FA Cup final for the first time in their history in a run that somewhat papered over the cracks of the poor league form. However Crystal Palace ultimately lost 2-1 in the final to Manchester United despite taking a 1-0 lead with little over 10 minutes remaining. With the club's league form taking another slump this season and the club once more being dragged towards a relegation dogfight, the club's American investors and chairman Steve Parish have decided to act.
Whilst Allardyce is the clear frontrunner, the club are reportedly looking at other targets with Chris Coleman, Roberto Mancini and Roy Hodgson all touted as potential candidates. Wales manager Coleman spent a large part of his playing career at Selhurst Park and a return to club management could be appealing. However he has only recently signed a new contract with Wales and after enjoying such success with his national side in the summer at Euro 2016. Odds on Coleman to replace Pardew are currently best priced at 8/1 with bet365 with Mancini and Hodgson priced at 16 and 20/1 with William Hill respectively.
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