A terrible run of results has resulted in Crystal Palace sacking manager Alan Pardew, with the club announcing the decision on Thursday.
Pardew had replaced Neil Warnock last season, and had guided the Eagles to the FA Cup final last season, where they lost to Manchester United.
Despite a number of big name signings such as Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke, Palace are only a point above the relegation zone with 17 matches played. The Eagles lost a worrying 22 league games in 2016, and it was only a matter of time before the ax dropped.
Pardew’s dismissal was confirmed by the club’s chairman, Steve Parish.
“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,” Parish said in a statement.
“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.”
In his own statement, Pardew said: “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.
“Personally I have a lot of good feelings for this football Club and am sad that my time there has ended.
“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.”