Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has spoken extensively to Sky Sports News about the team’s ongoing battle to avoid relegation in the build-up to this weekend’s clash with Middlesbrough.
Having arrived in SE25 with the reputation of a miracle worker, the former England gaffer has struggled to find anything close to a “new manager bounce” during his time in the role. Apart from a solitary Premier League victory away at Bournemouth, the Eagles have actually got worse under his stewardship than they were with Alan Pardew at the helm; a topic that the man himself is more than happy to discuss in detail as part of the interview attached above.
After seeing the likes of Paul Clement and Marco Silva masterfully galvanising their new players at Swansea and Hull City respectively, Allardyce will be hoping for a tangible reaction from the squad during this weekend’s clash with Boro; a tie that will have a huge bearing on our chances of survival, given the scramble for points that is currently taking place in the bottom third of the table.
Although he’s yet to publicly give the players too much of a dressing down, you get the feeling that this weekend’s result could well dictate the mood of both Allardyce and our supporters for the remainder of the campaign. Win it and mental boost it’ll give us will be huge; lose and you would expect things to turn sour rather quickly.
Coupled alongside that ticking time bomb is the manner of our performance on the day, another topic that is discussed at length in the interview above. Having collapsed at home to Sunderland and Swansea in the last few weeks, Saturday will take on a symbolic level of importance for almost everyone watching in both the stands and the dugout. It’s time for this group to stand up and be counted; a fact that Allardyce is well aware of.
All in all, it’s an interview well worth taking a few minutes to read if you are even remotely interested in Crystal Palace’s current fortunes of their long-term chances of survival in the Premier League. I don’t doubt that Sam Allardyce is the right man for the job having analysed the words and sentiments expressed in the aforementioned feature; now he just needs the players to completely commit to the same mantra as him.
Watch this space.