It’s certainly fair to say that Crystal Palace have begun the 2016/17 domestic campaign in less than convincing style thus far. Quite frankly, the Eagles have struggled to assert themselves for the most part this term, with the ever dreaded threat of relegation still lingering quietly upon the horizon as the pressures begin to mount down at Selhurst Park.
Alan Pardew’s side failed to come away with anything last time out against Manchester City, yet whilst Crystal Palace weren’t exactly expected to run riot against Pep Guardiola’s expensively assembled unit, the Selhurst Park faithful could certainly do with something to lift their collective spirits right in the here and now.
Well, even if Pardew himself refuses to acknowledge the pressing nature of his team’s precarious situation at the moment…
Pardew says Palace are not in a relegation battle. I could say a lot about him, but I won't. Knowing that he's not at #NUFC is all I need.
— nenadsuperzmaj (@nenadsuperzmaj) November 18, 2016
…the early warning signs simply fail to aid his current predicament when all is said and done…
Didn't Pardew declare that Palace were not in a relegation fight? pic.twitter.com/1nOQdCyuBc
— Castle Rock Brit (@CastleRockBrit) November 20, 2016
Things just seem to be going from bad to worse for Palace at this particular stage in the season…
Impressive 38 minutes from Palace then boom, self-destruct. Comedy of errors. Relegation fodder at the moment. #CPFC
— Ben Nagle (@bennagle17) November 19, 2016
…and although the Eagles aren’t the only top-flight side currently floundering among the Premier League…
Looks like there could be a couple of surprisingly relegation battlers this year given the slow starts of Palace, West Ham & Leicester
— Stephen Smith (@GisGoos12) November 19, 2016
…Pardew’s role at the club is seemingly becoming more undermined by the minute…
Palace going down with Pardew. Worst manager in Premier League yet pundits still praise him for the good job he does???? ???? #cpfc
— Disco Stew (@DiscoStewL) November 19, 2016
So then, whilst the current Crystal Palace manager may be staying put for at least the foreseeable future…
Unfortunately, I really don't think Pardew is leaving #cpfc anytime soon. Even if we're in the bottom 3 new year.
— Oliver Porter (@onporter) November 20, 2016
…to some, the thought of Pardew turning things around remains one born more out of hope than realistic expectation!
OFFICIAL: Alan Pardew has been given permission to speak to Crystal Palace about the club's vacant managerial position.
— Sport Facts (@giantfootfact) November 20, 2016