Crystal Palace have always been one of the unfancied teams in English football. Yo-yoing between the Premier League, or old First Division, and what is now known as the Championship. Palace hold the record for the most relegations suffered from the Premier League, having suffered this fate on four occasions. The highest finish in their history came in the 1990/91 season when they finished third in the old First Division. They also reached the FA Cup final the previous season, only to be beaten 1-0 by Manchester United in a replay after the first game had finished 3-3.
Alan Pardew was part of that team and he returned to the club as manager on January 2 2015. The former Newcastle and West Ham boss joined the Eagles as a player in 1987 when they were in the second division. In 1989, he helped to promotion to the top tier of English football, beating Blackburn Rovers 4-3 in the play-offs.
Since returning to Selhurst Park as manager, he has guided Palace to a 10th place finish in the league last season, having taken over half way through the campaign, following a turbulent spell at St. James’ Park, with the them battling against relegation. In doing so becoming the first manager in Premier League history to take over a side in the drop zone and see them to a top half finish. After four games of this season, only Champions-elect Manchester City have made a better start than the Eagles.
Crystal Palace currently sit in second place in the Premier League, having won three out of their first four games, most notably beating Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. A game which marked Jose Mourinho’s 100th in charge of the Blues at Stamford Bridge and was only the second league defeat the former Real Madrid manager’s side have suffered at home with him in charge. Since Pardew arrived at Selhurst Park in January, he has overseen 26 games, winning 16 of those, drawing one and losing nine; giving him a win percentage of 61%.
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