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Allardyce favoured as new Palace EPL coach

Press Association logoPress Association 22/12/2016

Sam Allardyce could be handed a route back into football after being made the early favourite to replace sacked Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.

Pardew was asked to "step down as manager of the club" after guiding the Eagles to just one win in their past 11 English Premier League matches.

Allardyce is looking for a return to the game after his brief stint as England manager ended in disgrace in October and his credentials could fit the bill at Selhurst Park.

Palace chairman Steve Parish pledged to "wind the dial back the other way" from Pardew's attacking style - a move that would perfectly fit Allardyce's regimented approach.

"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," said Parish.

With Palace sitting just one point and one place off the EPL drop zone, Parish admitted the club felt compelled to act to avoid a bitter relegation battle.

"Relegation is so costly and I feel, with no blame attached, we got ourselves in a rut and need a change," Parish told BBC Sport.

"We all bought into the decision to play a more-expansive style of football.

"We all believed in it. That hasn't worked. It's no one's fault.

"But now, we're going to wind the dial back the other way.

"We're talking to a number of people to make sure we get this right, but nothing has been agreed."

Allardyce has rocketed to the front of the queue of potential replacements, even more so given Palace's determination to tighten up their play.

The ex-Sunderland boss has been out of work since his exit in September from the England job.

Allardyce lasted just 67 days with the Football Association, losing his dream job after a newspaper sting where he made ill-advised comments in conversations with undercover reporters.

Former Palace owner Simon Jordan believed Allardyce would be the ideal man to keep the Eagles in the Premier League.

"I have always liked Sam," Jordan told Sky Sports of Allardyce.

"I think that he should never have lost the England job and, maybe if they can reach some kind of agreement, it might be the perfect move for him.

"They just have to stay out of the bottom three this season. And Sam Allardyce is absolutely the person who can achieve that for them."

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