Crystal Palace fire manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew’s reign has come to an end at Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have sacked their 55-year old manager Alan Pardew with the club 17th in the Premier League.

Pardew was appointed on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2015 but has been dismissed after a run of one victory in 11 games.

Palace have taken just 26 points from their last 36 Premier League matches and are only one point above the relegation zone.

Former England boss Sam Allardyce is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over.

“Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football club and am sad that my time there has ended,” Pardew, who made more than 100 appearances for Palace as a player between 1987 and 1991, said in a statement.

“I feel that I have a special bond with the club and hope that hasn’t been affected.”

“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, I wish everybody associated with the Club the best of luck in the future including of course the fans who have been magnificent.”

“There will be no further comment at the present time,” Pardew said.

Palace 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,” Parish said.

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