Pardew pushed from Crystal Palace throne. Is Big Sam waiting in the wings?

December 23 – Former England manager Sam Allardyce, who lasted only 67 days in charge before being forced to resign following a newspaper sting, could be back in the spotlight before the end of the year.

Allardyce is reported to be the frontrunner to replace Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace after Pardew was sacked with the London club 17th in the Premier League after a run of one win in 11 games, one position above the drop zone.

Allardyce has been out of work since leaving his role as England manager by mutual consent a few weeks ago and was reportedly considering overseas offers. Now the former Sunderland boss, who has never been relegated as a manager, could soon be back in the English top flight far sooner than he might have expected.

Last season Palace reached the FA Cup final for only the second time in their history, narrowly losing 2-1 to Manchester United at Wembley. But that success failed to be maintained at league level this term with Pardew paying the ultimate price.

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