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I don’t think it would have come as a shock had Alan Pardew lost his job at Crystal Palace at any time during the last few weeks or even months but I certainly wasn’t expecting him to get the boot just three days before Christmas.

He landed the job on 3rd January 2015, almost two years ago and had been absent from Newcastle for a few days prior to that with John Carver in charge of their game against Burnley on New Year’s Day.

Things initially went well, but their league form in the last twelve months has been appalling and I would think only their run to the FA Cup Final has kept him there for as long as this. They won at Stoke on 19th December last year but have since collected only 28 points from 38 Premier League games.

From Boxing Day 2015 to the end of last season, only Villa had less points and things have hardly improved this season with them currently in 17th place with 15 points.

At least he hasn’t been head butting anyone on the touchline but he did accuse the owners of knowing nothing about football recently and it looks as if only chairman Steve Parish has been keeping him at the club where he played for as long as this.

He’s become the second Premier League manager to lose his job this year following on from Swansea where Bob Bradley, favourite to be the next to go, replaced Francesco Guardolin.

As for Palace, Sam Allardyce is due for talks tomorrow and could be in place before their Boxing Day game.

Incredibly, Palace have become the 52nd of the current Premier and Football League clubs to have changed manager at least once in 2016 and the 20th to make a change since the beginning of October.

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