Crystal Palace sack Alan Pardew three days before Christmasby Andy Dillon / 22 December 2016, 15:26Tweet
It may be the season of goodwill, but evidently not in the eyes of Crystal Palace, who have given boss Alan Pardew the boot just three days before Christmas, following a horrendous run of form in 2016.
...On the plus side Pardew will reportedly bag £4.8million...
Earlier today (Thursday) bookmakers installed Pardew as the new odds-on favourite for the chop, and now a few hours later the 55-year-old has become the second victim of the 2016/17 Premier League Sack Race (Francesco Guidolin was the first back in October).
Pardew leaves struggling Palace down in 17th - just one point above the drop zone - with just one win to their name from their 11 top-flight matches, while they're currently on a two game losing run following defeats to Man Utd and Chelsea.
In truth the writing had been on the wall for some time, with a rare win over Southampton earlier in the month only delaying the inevitable, with Pardew now losing his job three games later.
Attention will instantly turn to the Next Crystal Palace Manager Market which currently includes a number of former/current international managers in Sam Allardyce, Chris Coleman, Roy Hodgson, Jurgen Klinsmann and Harry Redknapp, while the likes of Dougie Freedman, Sean Dyche and Ryan Giggs also feature at this early stage.