by Shane Brennan
Sam Allardyce is feeling the heat after his side’s 4-0 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday. He is a man who is well used to the spotlight and scrutiny of being a Premier league manager, especially after his eventful tenure as England boss.
He barely managed to set foot inside the door of the FA headquarters, and hardly had 90 minutes as England boss, and now it’s that old familiar story for Big Sam of trying to turn a struggling side’s fortunes around.
When Defoe rattled in a fourth goal before halftime on Saturday the home faithful made their feelings clear, as they booed their side off the field at halftime.
Despite a slight improvement in the second- half the score line spoke for itself and fear grips a side in deep trouble. After the match, Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace Chairman, briefed the players on what it means to wear the Crystal Palace shirt, as well as what the club means to the fans.
This prompted an immediate reaction from Allardyce as he summoned his team in for training at 7 AM the following morning, and to analyze and dissect the team’s dismal display.
Allardyce has to start from scratch and go back to basics as the statistics are less than convincing.
This season the far from soaring Eagles have lost nine of twelve home league games, and only have won one of seven games in which Allardyce has overseen.
It’s a form that needs to change rapidly if Palace and their never relegated manager are to avoid the drop and meet expectations of the board and their passionate fans.
Crystal Palace sits 19th in the league and two points from safety.