Ian Holloway managed to get Crystal Palace promoted on minimal resources last term, and when a team achieves promotion to the Premier League against the odds it can be a poisoned chalice.

Holloway signed 16 new players and it meant that Stephen Dobbie and Florian Marange couldn’t even make the 25 man squad for the season.

The board placed their faith in the former Blackpool boss after he gained them promotion letting him sign his own players such as Dwight Gayle and expect to see some return.

The 50 year old currently at the helm may survive should Palace fail to stay up but there has to be signs of development to ensure justify loyalty to the boss.

It may be unrealistic to expect Holloway to suddenly transform a team that was some way off Premier League standing last season to one challenging, but there needs to be a least an indication the side would go straight back up if it was relegated.

It is clear that losing Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United and having Yannick Bolasie injured hasn’t helped matters, but Holloway won’t gain much sympathy from the Eagles board should the side continue to struggle in matches.

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