Crystal Palace have sacked manager Alan Pardew just over a week before the match against Arsenal. The Gunners take on Palace on New Year’s Day but will have to face a new boss in the dugout (via The Guardian).
We’d seen five managerial changes in the Premier League at this point last season but the boardrooms of English football seem to be a little more forgiving this term. Just Francesco Guidolin had been sacked from his Premier League managerial position before this season but Crystal Palace just doubled to the list today with the sacking of Alan Pardew.
The former West Ham and Newcastle boss had been in charge of the Eagles since January 2015 but will spend Christmas out of the job. Palace have won just one of their last 11 matches and chairman Steve Parish decided that enough was enough.
It will be of interest to Arsenal fans as the two clubs meet on New Year’s Day. Palace travel to the Emirates and Arsene Wenger will now be even more wary of the threat posed by the Eagles. Teams very often experience the ‘boost’ when a new manager comes in as players look to impress the new boss. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal will be hoping that that does not happen next week.