Pardew under fire, but the Crystal Palace boss deserves time

Crystal Palace spent significantly over the summer, bringing in the likes of Christian Benteke for a club record fee, and also quality players such as Andros Townsend.

Having splashed that money, Palace fans (and just as importantly their owners, who will make the decision) are perhaps within their rights to question manager Alan Pardew, but the club should remain patient. Almost every other team spent more money than usual too, due to the extra TV money in the Premier League, so to judge purely on that would be wrong.

Firstly, Pardew is notorious for presiding over spells of good form followed by periods of poor results. Whilst there is no doubt that the Eagles are struggling at the moment, a good run could be just around the corner. With the quality they have, you would not bet against it.

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One result could trigger a change for the rest of the season, and it is not so long ago that Pardew was fielding questions about the England job – you do not become a poor manager overnight.

The south London club are simply too good to go down – there are certainly more than three teams worse than them. The starting XI, in particular, has a lot of quality and crucially looks like it guarantees goals. Sides like Burnley, Sunderland, Hull and Swansea could struggle to score (although that admittedly that did not happen for the latter at the weekend) but Palace have the aforementioned Benteke and Townsend, as well as Wilfried Zaha creating chances. With those attackers on the pitch, you always have a chance.

Of course, Pardew has to turn around the considerable dip in form before Palace get really dragged into the relegation scrap, but at this moment there is no need to panic. At some point, the Londoners will get a break. You just cannot see them going down, whereas some other teams really do lack quality.

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It is important not to forget that Pardew has taken the club to the FA Cup Final very recently (who can forget his dancing following the goal?), and whilst league form in 2016 has undoubtedly been poor, you still feel that they have enough to comfortably survive.

Put it another way: who would they get that could do any better than Pardew? There are not too many other options at the moment.

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