When a team is promoted to the Premier League via the playoffs it can feel like the ultimate glory. A day out at Wembley and a prize worth now £90 million + in TV money.

However, when the reality of the top flight sets in and the team struggle to get points on the board it can lead to frustration. At Crystal Palace Ian Holloway has found out the hard way. After getting his side up on minimal resources, he was again expected to work miracles with quantity over quality.

The foundations of the Palace side was based upon an attacking trio of Wilfried Zaha, Glenn Murray and Yannick Bolasie. If you consider Holloway had to deal with a step in class without the first two names mentioned you can feel some sympathy for him, for sure.

The Eagles are currently second bottom of the table and the last time they had this points tally after 8 games in the first division they went down. If they are to pull of an unlikely escape from relegation, they to be galvanised and achieve results fast.

To see the FIVE candidates for the Palace job click on the front runner for the role Tony Pulis

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