The 2016/2017 English Premier League season has claimed its second managerial casualty as struggling Crystal Palace has sacked Alan Pardew as their manager.
Pardew joined the London club from Newcastle United in January 2015 and led them to a top 10 finish in the Premier League.
However, his first full season in charge did not go well and Palace finished only five points above relegation places.
Pardew also saw his team lose 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Cup final in May. Currently, Palace is just a point above the bottom three, with 15 points from 17 fixtures.
Club 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.
Results however have taking a downward turn, with Palace holding one of the worst win percentages in the 2016 calendar year across the five tiers of English football.
“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 had recently criticized some members of the Crystal Palace board for “lacking knowledge of the sport” when rumors emerged in November that only Club Chairman Steve Parish had backed him to keep the job.