Sunday, December 25, 2016

Allardyce in, Pardew out: will it make a difference?

Pretty much inevitably, Alan Pardew's once-much-vaunted run as coach of beleaguered Crystal Palace has ended.   In his place, Palace has hired Sam Allardyce, who has respectable credentials with several teams.  He made an apparent error in judgment (but really didn't do anything wrong, if you read the end of the Wikipedia article) after being named the England national coach, leading to his resignation from there.  Can he turn Palace around?   We shall see.

Alan Pardew sacked as Crystal Palace manager

Sam Allardyce on the brink of replacing Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace

Sam Allardyce closes in on Crystal Palace manager's job

The first thing he has to do is teach the defense not to give up goals late in games, like this one:

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