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Sam Allardyce confirmed as new manager of EPL strugglers Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce confirmed as new manager of EPL strugglers Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has been sacked as Crystal Palace manager, the Premier League club said on Thursday, with former England boss Sam Allardyce appearing poised to take over.

Allardyce, who was sacked as England manager after one game, has now signed a two-and-a-half- year deal with the Eagles.

Just months after being fired as the manager of the England worldwide team in the wake of a surprising controversy, Sam Allardyce is employed once more.

What's more, Palace's total of six Premier League wins throughout 2016 is the second worst tally ever recorded since the league's inception in 1992/93.

Allardyce stepped down as England manager in September after newspaper revelations.

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Allardyce will take training today ahead of the league game at fellow London club Watford on Monday.

Pardew, a former Palace midfielder, was appointed at the start of 2015 and led them to their best Premier League finish.

This isn't Allardyce's first relegation fight - in fact, just last season he managed to salvage the season for Sunderland after getting hired by them in October.

Pardew was dismissed on Thursday after nearly two years in charge of the team, having lost eight of their past 10 league games, and 22 over the calendar year, to slump to within a point of the relegation zone. They've lost eight of their last ten matches, and lie in 17th place, just one point above the relegation line. "Certainly the chairman and the owners seem to be taking the club forward in the right direction". "I have to sort those difficulties out, hopefully with my experience, and try to get a few more results on the board, particularly over Christmas and New Year, to make everybody feel more comfortable". "We hope a change will change things".

He said: "I've got a very important job in stopping the goals going in at the other end first, to be perfectly honest. Unfortunately, the results have not been good enough".


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