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Saturday’s 4-2 home defeat to Liverpool embodied an underwhelming 2016 thus far for Crystal Palace Manager Alan Pardew. Just how bad most of the year has been may have somehow gone unnoticed by some people.
In his post match interview on Saturday, Pardew alluded to the fact that Referee Andre Marriner should not have been the official for the game. Pardew felt Marriner would have extra pressure on him, as in the last season’s corresponding fixture he gave Liverpool a dubious last minute penalty. “Why was Mike Riley giving him the …

Part 1 of this 15-16 Season review looked at the newly promoted sides and the teams that survived the drop (14th-17th) in the Premiership last season. For the second out of this three part review of the season we now look at the teams who finished 7th to 13th in 14/15.
 
West Bromwich Albion (Last season – 13th)
With Tony Pulis still at the helm, you are already on board when looking at West Brom expecting them to be safe come the end of the 2015-16 season, though their signings do not …

With just under a month to go before the summer transfer window slams shut, the transfer activity of English Premier League clubs shows no sign of slowing down. Indeed, a recent report from Deloitte’s Sports Business Group stated that this years transfer window spend could surpass the record of £630m set in 2013.
While the big name and big money signings naturally attracting all the headlines, I’ve decided to take a close look at the ‘under-the-radar’ transfers that have happened so far this window.
The big names might help get bums on …

Four years ago Dwight Gayle was scoring for fun for non-league Stansted, last night he practically ended Liverpool’s final chance of lifting the Premier League title with two late goals for Crystal Palace.
The Walthamstow born striker, in his first season at Selhurst Park following his big money move from Peterborough United in the summer, came off the bench with his side three goals down as the Merseysiders were fully in control and cruising towards a 3-0 victory.
But after Damien Delaney had pulled one back for the Eagles, it was Gayle …

After a career spanning 20 years, Kevin Phillips retirement from the game today leaving many a football fan in admiration of his career.
Phillips, who turns 41 this summer, burst onto the scene for Watford at the tail end of the 1994/95 season scoring 24 goals in nearly 60 appearances for the Hornets. A big money move to Sunderland saw him score over 100 goals in just over 200 games for the Black Cats where he became the first Sunderland player to score over 30 goals in a season since the …

Anybody with half an eye on this seasons Premier League will know its been terrifically exciting and probably the most open its ever been. The entire bottom half  are within 8 points of one another and everyone in the top half has something to play for whether it be an Europa League position, champions league spot or aiming for the title itself which means every game is vital. So what better time to step up and give some outstanding performances, and who amongst others have been doing that? ENGLAND PLAYERS.
We’re …

In recent weeks, the fortunes of newly-promoted Crystal Palace have improved considerably. Since appointing Tony Pulis to replace Ian Holloway, they have gone from being dead certs to drop down back into the Championship to having a fighting chance of retaining their top-flight status. Perhaps as a result of the new-found optimism at Selhurst Park, Palace fans may be feeling all nostalgic.
In the early 90’s, Palace had done something they weren’t previously known for – spending consecutive seasons in the top division. Before that, they hopped between the lower leagues, …

January in the football calendar is full of intrigue, predictions and appraisals but as most transfer windows it is the off the field drama that is at its most intense. This January has been not different the Mata factor, the Pulis factor and the Fergie factor have all been talked about. Mata ‘plays on words’ have done the rounds and it is to irresistible not to laugh. January has been a positive month for many reasons in 2014, as will be talked about in the following few paragraphs. February marks …

Following the fortunes of Crystal Palace over the last four weeks has, as always, been a rollercoaster ride for us fans. Ian Holloway left the club just over a month ago now, and through various “ media sources”, we have been linked with plenty of interesting managerial options. Some very real options, some others, well, not so real. From Chris Coleman, Aitor Karanka, Dan Petrescu and our former boss Iain Dowie, and even remarkably, the Palace legend, Geoff Thomas, at one point or another, they have all been possibly/maybe on …

So, as another day passes, another couple of managers are very heavily linked with the still vacant Palace managerial post, but no word or sign from the club of any permanent appointment as of yet. Of the latest names to be suggested for the role is one of our former managers, Iain Dowie, in what would definitely constitute as a “surprise” choice, if he were to be given the job. He has the “Palace connection” that the board would prefer, but his return would unanimously upset quite a large number …