Saturday 19 August 2017 / 10:01 AM

IS ‘BIG SAM’ ALREADY UNDER THE PUMP AT PALACE?

When Sam Allardyce was appointed as Crystal Palace manager just before Christmas, everyone thought it was a sensible decision.

Ethics notwithstanding, most agreed that for a side struggling and potentially facing a relegation dogfight, there aren’t too many better managers than Big Sam.

Myself included.

All of us are now looking a little bit silly.

Not only has Sam failed to win any of his games in charge, he has also seen a slide down the table that sees them in 18th, and now in serious danger of relegation.

Sam’s soundbites are all about trying to find the right players to bring into the club, and he’s admitted that they’ve now ‘exhausted’ the UK, and are having to look to Europe to bring players in.

My question is: why should he need to bring in anyone at all?

It’s not like Palace haven’t spent money over the last few years. Quite the contrary.

In the summer, they smashed their transfer record for Christian Benteke, spent £13 million on Andros Townsend, nearly £12 million on Jeffrey Schlupp and nearly £10 million on James Tomkins.

In short, for a club like Palace, they’ve spent a shedload of cash. And lest we forget, this is a Palace side who haven’t been in danger of relegation for the last two years, and now look perilously close to the drop.

Palace are a midtable side, with a whole bunch of expensive players, performing well below their ability.

Allardyce may have been a relegation escape specialist in the past, but at present, he doesn’t seem to have a clue what he’s doing.

It seems absurd to say this after less than a month, but one has to wonder whether or not Sam is already under pressure.

Since he took over, he’s taken Palace further down the table, and the team don’t look any more solid or confident. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite. Swansea showed with their swift disposal of Bob Bradley that sometimes you have to admit when you get it wrong, and right now it seems that for whatever reason Palace have got it wrong.

In my view, he’d get another couple of games, but if things don’t improve, the Palace hierarchy must act swiftly to preserve their Premier League status. Having invested this heavily, relegation would be unthinkable. Time to start earning your money, Sam.

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