THE LAST TANGO IN PALACE; Pardew Dancing Days Are over as Big Sam Prepares to Waltz In

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THE LAST TANGO IN PALACE; Pardew Dancing Days Are over as Big Sam Prepares to Waltz In


Byline: IAN LADYMAN, MILES DILWORTH

BY 3pm yesterday, the internet had made up its mind. The day it all started to go wrong for Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace was May 21, the afternoon he turned the touchline at Wembley into a dad disco.

Video footage of that moment -- his reaction to an FA Cup final goal by Jason Puncheon -- will follow Pardew into his next job.

But looking back on the end of his long association with a club for whom he once played with distinction, December 26 of last year and September 27 of this one are of far greater significance.

It was last St Stephen's Day that Pardew's Palace failed to win at Bournemouth, so triggering a run that saw them win only six of 38 Premier League games between then and Saturday's home defeat by Chelsea.

On September 27 this year, meanwhile, Sam Allardyce was dismissed as England manager by the FA. It was a poor, hurried decision, a terrible day for Allardyce but also a portentous one for any Premier League manager with concerns for his employment prospects.

There are times when a lack of suitable replacements is enough to keep a football manager in a job. Equally, the presence in the shadows of an attractive alternative can hurry chairmen into decisions they might otherwise hesitate to make.

Would Brendan Rodgers have been given more time at Liverpool last season had Jurgen Klopp not been available? Probably.

Pardew cannot argue that he has not been given long enough to change the pattern of his team's results and the presence of Allardyce (below) in his rear-view mirror will hardly have helped.

In sport, patterns are everything and had there been any sense that things were about to turn at Selhurst Park, then chairman Steve Parish and the club's American investors might have held their nerve.

But Palace have taken just 26 points from their last 38 games, a total which would have got a club relegated in the bottom two of the Premier League in each of the 21 seasons it has been a 20-club competition. In more than half of them it would have seen a club finish dead last.

So Pardew cannot complain and will not complain. It has been a steady fall since an impressive start and has highlighted his limitations as a handler and motivator of players.

Pardew has charisma and it was evident in the months following his appointment in January 2015. He won five of his first six games. 'Pardiola', some fans called him.

But there has always been a suspicion that his talents were never a match for his self-regard and ultimately he has fallen on the back of an inability to bring anywhere near the best from a group of players who are not without ability.

In the summer he spent PS40million on Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend. Benteke has scored six league goals from open play and two penalties.

It is not the worst return. Townsend, meanwhile, has been on and off the bench, and player and manager have simply not got on.

Pardew, 55, has already asked that his relationship with Palace -- including an FA Cup semi-final winning goal in 1990 -- should not be tarnished by yesterday's events.

It should not be, nor should his reputation.

His managerial c.v. is decent and he probably deserves one final opportunity in the top division or, at the very least, the top half of the Championship.

In terms of his replacement in south London, it will be strange if the job is not offered to Allardyce. It is nine years since he last failed to deliver in a club posting -- he left Newcastle after only eight months in January 2008 -- and at 62 he remains at the peak of his considerable powers.

The last time we saw him in a domestic capacity, Allardyce was leading his team around the field at the Stadium of Light in May after keeping Sunderland in the Premier League against all odds. …

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