After Sam Allardyce was relieved of his England duties after taking charge of just one game, many thought his career in management could be over.
However, just four months later, Crystal Palace came calling for help after Alan Pardew’s reign came to an end. The 62 year-old was the first name on the fans’ lips to save their beloved club from relegation.
After their 4-0 defeat to relegation rivals Sunderland last weekend, is the former West Ham boss running out of time?
It started fairly well, with a respectable 1-1 draw away at Watford. Since then, the Eagles have only managed one Premier League win from seven outings, and supporters are starting to realise that ‘Big Sam’ may not have been the best choice for the job.
It was extremely important that the Palace hierarchy brought someone into the club before the January transfer window, so they had time to shape the squad in the way they desired. Allardyce definitely did this, spending upwards of thirty million pounds.
Highlighting the defence as the reason why the Eagles are stumbling so far this season, Allardyce has addressed the issue by bringing in Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt and Mamadou Sakho.
Some have questioned the decision to sign two left sided in Schlupp and van Aanholt, because they are both very similar players. Spending a combined total of 20 million pounds is risky, but Palace have been without a predominant left winger/midfielder for some time and these two new acquisitions could be the answer.
Bringing Sakho in from Liverpool for the remainder of the season is another good signing, with the potential to sign him permanently in the summer being a real possibility. The 26 year-old has been in the Premier League for almost four years and will provide some much needed depth in the Palace defence.
The other January purchase was Luka Milivojevic, who arrived on deadline day from Greece. With his preferred position being a defensive midfielder, Allardyce has more than equipped himself with the players needed to stop conceding goals.
Only time will tell, with Sakho and Milivojevic set for their debuts against Stoke City tomorrow. Hosting Middlesbrough the week after could be the turning point for the South London club. Six points from their next two games will give them confidence and push them right up into the depths of mid-table.