As we found out at Newcastle Alan Pardew has streaks – he wins a number of games in a row and then he can just as easily lose a number of games in a row.
And that incredible last 25 minutes of the game at Swansea on Saturday, when 7 goals were scored, saw Crystal Palace end up on the wrong side of a 5-4 scoreline.
That was Alan’s sixth loss in a row and his job is in danger.
Any side struggling in the Premier League these days will be a danger sign for the manager, because of the huge amounts of money to be lost if the club gets relegated.
Alan Pardew struggling at Crystal Palace
It’s all about money in the Premier League these days and we expect the manager turnover to get worse as more and more money is to be made.
That’s hardly good for the game or for the health and well-being of Premier League managers – but that’s the way it is.
The Guardian is reporting that Alan is looking at transfer targets for January, but Palace spent quite a lot last summer in trying to strengthen their side.
Pardew is reported to be interested in Newcastle left-back Paul Dummett, but that’s not a surprise.
Alan gave the local lad his chance when he was at Newcastle and we know he rates Paul who has been performing very well this season for Rafa Benitez – he’s a solid player.
Pardew is also keen on Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor, who has been linked strongly with Newcastle this season.
Crystal Palace are at home to Southampton on Saturday and the Saints are fresh off that terrific 2-0 win at the Emirates on Wednesday night to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup and they played very well.
Another defeat for the home side and it could be curtains for Pardew, who joined Palace almost two years ago from Newcastle.
He started his career at Palace in great style by saving the club from relegation and at the end of last year Palace were 5th top with 31 points from 19 games.
But in the remaining 19 games of the season they picked up a measly 11 points.
This year has been a disaster with Alan and Crystal Palace having the worst record of any club in the football league.
Yes – we think it could be do or die for Alan against Saints on Saturday.
We hope Alan can pull off a win for his sake and for the sake of the Palace fans.
Knowing Pardew – if he can do that – he could then go on a winning streak.