It has been announced this afternoon that Crystal Palace and Ian Holloway have parted company, leaving the Eagles managerless and five points from safety.

Holloway has left the club by mutual consent following a poor run of form culminating in the team letting a 1-0 lead slip against Fulham, eventually losing 4-1, on Monday night. 

Holloway was rumoured to be in trouble with Palace chairman Steve Parish at the start of the season due to the lack of players he had signed. While he certainly managed to bring in players by the end of the window, it became evident that the team were going to struggle this season and have only tasted victory once all season, coming with a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Sunderland. 

Palace can certainly consider themselves unlucky with the goals that they conceded against Fulham on Monday, as the strikes from Pajtim Kasami and Steve Sidwell were two of the best goals in Premier League history.

It was obvious though that there were some stylistic issues. It appeared Holloway was too keen to play open and expansive football, moving forward with passing moves and leaving themselves somewhat open.

He appeared to have been prioritising attractive football over getting results, as they have conceded 17 goals, averaging two goals conceded per game. 

An early favourite for the post will be Tony Pulis who could be hugely successful, his focus on gritty, powerful football, would be a good way to assure that the team stop conceding, with Marouane Chamakh being a good targetman for the long ball game.

Whilst Palace may sacrifice style, Pulis could turn their fortunes, meaning the departure of Holloway was a required step to allow them to best preserve their Premier League status. 

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