Alan Pardew Pays Price for Poor Crystal Palace Form With Sack

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park, London, December 14. Pardew was sacked by Palace Thursday. Christopher Lee/Getty

Crystal Palace have confirmed they have asked manager Alan Pardew to leave the club.

Pardew, 55, led Palace to the FA Cup final last season where they lost to Manchester United. But Pardew's Palace experienced a run of terrible league form following the Christmas of 2015 after a strong start to the season, to the point where relegation became a possibility.

Palace have failed to kick back in 2016-17 despite heavy investment in attack during the summer transfer market, including the £35 million ($43.2 million) club-record signing of Christian Benteke from Liverpool.

"Crystal Palace F.C. have today asked Alan Pardew to step down as manager of the club," the statement on Palace's official website read.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said: "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. 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.

"With games now coming thick and fast over the holiday period, the club are hoping to put someone in place as quickly as possible but have nothing to say about a replacement at this time."

Pardew issued his own statement, saying: "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."