Should Alan Pardew be sacked as Crystal Palace manager after defeat to Swansea?
With just five wins from 32 games in 2016, the pressure is mounting on Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew and he won’t have been help by his side’s surrender of the lead on two different occasions to see Swansea come back to win 5-4 in injury time at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The former Eagles’ player is a popular figure at Selhurst Park but has seen the fans slowly turning against him as results and performances continue to decline. At Swansea, Wilfried Zaha got his team off to the perfect start and it looked as though Pardew may live to fight another day, but then there was a shocking collapse with Gylfi Sigurdsson equalising before Leroy Fer gave the Swans the lead and extended it.
Then, another piece of light at the end of the tunnel as James Tomkins and an own goal from Jack Cork drew the scores back level with only eight minutes left on the clock. Christian Benteke put the London club back in front and it finally seemed that the luck had gone Pardew’s way, with his side just minutes away from their first win since beating Sunderland two months ago.
Then came the biggest embarrassment of them all, as some shocking defending allowed Fernando Llorente to bag an injury time brace to once again equalise and then put his side in front with Palace failing to deal with the strength of the Spaniard, a trait that had previously become almost synonymous with their defence not so long ago.
The defeat was the latest embarrassment for Pardew and for Palace, coming off the back of surrendering yet another late winner to Manchester City last weekend and Burnley the week before, making it three games in a row where the Selhurst Park outfit have conceded a decisive goal in the last ten minutes of play.
Pardew’s substitutions have also been criticised, with Lee Chung Yong replacing Christian Benteke last weekend to the frustration of many and only worsened when Yaya Toure then put City back in front only two minutes later from a corner where Benteke’s absence confused matters.
Pardew is no stranger to such runs, having been through similar stretches of poor form with the likes of Newcastle and West Ham, but he has rarely shown the ability to turn things around. With the lowest points per game ratio of any side to play in the top four divisions of English football in the 2016 calendar year, time is running out for Pardew, and candidates to replace him are already being lined up to replace him with Sam Allardyce and Jurgen Klinsmann the early favourites.
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