Crystal Palace have fired manager Alan Pardew just less than two years after he joined them after leaving Newcastle United.
Last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Chelsea was the 8th defeat in the last 10 games and that was enough to have Pardew fired after a terrible run of results this year.
But Alan will not be short of money with the news that he will receive a whopping £4.8M in compensation from the London club.
Alan Pardew – fired by Palace
Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce is the favorite to replace Alan.
Chairman Steve Parish said:
“I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for the tremendous service Alan has given us, both in his time here as manager and previously as a player.”
“Following a fantastic second half of 2014-15, the 2015-16 season culminated in only narrowly missing out on winning the FA Cup as well as securing our Premier League place for a record-breaking fourth time.”
“During his tenure Alan’s hard work and dedication were without question, he has improved so many areas of the club and we wish him the very best for the future.”
“With games now coming thick and fast over the holiday period the club are hoping to put someone in place as quickly as possible but have nothing to say about a replacement at this time.”
Pardew issued a statement himself through the club:
“I would just like to take the opportunity to thank everybody at Crystal Palace for their fantastic support,” “In particular a big thanks to the players who gave me absolutely everything and Steve Parish and his Board.
“I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected.” “Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football Club and am sad that my time there has ended.”
“I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected, I wish everybody associated with the Club the best of luck in the future including of course the fans who have been magnificent.”
Here are some facts reported by BBC Sport of Palace’s terrible 2016 record:
- Points per game tally of 0.72 was the second worst in a calendar year in Crystal Palace’s history – the worst was in 1973 when only 2 points were given for a win
- Their record makes them bottom of all 92 Premier League and EFL clubs this year
- A total of six Premier League wins is the second worst total over one calendar year in the competition’s history
- Palace conceded 67 goals in 2016, the third worst goals conceded over one year in Premier League history
Those kinds of record for a manager inevitably lead to the sack in the Premier League these days when big money is involved.
Alan paid the price but leaves with close to £5M in his pocket as compensation.